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Men back bill to let them sue Ohio State for abuse by doctor

June 4, 2019 GMT
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Roger Beedon discusses how sexual misconduct by now-deceased Ohio State team doctor Richard Strauss has affected his life, during a news conference with fellow Strauss accusers, from left, Brian Garrett, Dan Ritchie and Mike Flusche, and state Rep. Brett Hillyer, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at the Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. They were speaking in support of a bill that would give Strauss accusers a legal opportunity to sue the university over the alleged abuse decades ago. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko)
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Roger Beedon discusses how sexual misconduct by now-deceased Ohio State team doctor Richard Strauss has affected his life, during a news conference with fellow Strauss accusers, from left, Brian Garrett, Dan Ritchie and Mike Flusche, and state Rep. Brett Hillyer, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at the Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. They were speaking in support of a bill that would give Strauss accusers a legal opportunity to sue the university over the alleged abuse decades ago. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More men who say they were sexually abused decades ago by an Ohio State team doctor are stepping forward as they advocate for legislation that would give them a legal opportunity to sue the university.

Dozens of alumni already have sued Ohio State , alleging it knew of concerns about Dr. Richard Strauss and didn’t do enough to stop him. The university argues the claims are time-barred by law and should be dismissed.

A proposal from Republican Rep. Brett Hillyer would change the law to let affected alumni sue the university.

Former hockey player Roger Beedon says that’s important to hold the school accountable.

Beedon praised the legislation at a news conference Tuesday alongside several other Strauss accusers, including some identifying themselves publicly for the first time.