Gloria Allred Advocating for Change in Ohio Law

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Attorney Gloria Allred is getting involved in the investigation into Ohio State Athletics Physician, Dr. Richard Strauss, by lobbying Ohio legislators to change state law.

She was joined at the Statehouse Wednesday by survivors of Dr. Strauss's sexual abuse to argue in favor of a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for victims of rape or sexual abuse.

The bill is sponsored by State Senator Joe Schiavoni, and would apply to both civil and criminal cases, but would not be retroactive. 

Allred says time limits only benefit the perpetrators, and not the survivors.

"Many of Dr. Strauss's victims have come to understand that they have the right to tell the truth about their lives, and they have found the courage to come forward, in order to help to change the law to benefit other victims of other predators in the future, "Allred said.

Allred is most famous for representing the sexual assault survivors of Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein.

The university is in the midst of investigating the activities of Dr. Strauss, who worked at OSU between the late 1970's and the late 1990's. Hundreds of student-athletes have come forward, accusing him of sexual abuse.

Dr. Strauss died in 2005.

(photo courtesy ABC-6)

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