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The cost of sex abuse: Victims, schools take on settlements

Posted at 3:07 AM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 06:07:45-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Men who say they were sexually abused by a longtime Ohio State team doctor are recounting how it changed their lives to make their case that the university owes them financial compensation.

They say the doctor’s misconduct had profound effects, including stunting their athletic and academic pursuits, altering their careers, harming their health, and changing their family relationships.

As their lawsuits move through mediation in pursuit of possible settlements, one looming question is: Who puts a price on that fallout, and how?

Experts say factors such as lost earnings or counseling costs are easier to tally than others, such as emotional effects.

Ohio State acknowledged it failed to prevent the abuse decades ago. It argues the lawsuits are time-barred by law but also says it’s committed to the mediation process.