Were you a sexual abuse victim of athletic trainer Scott Shaw at San Jose State?
Source: USA Today and CBS
The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has recently completed an investigation into San Jose State’s handling of complaints, dating back to 2009, that its Director of Sports Medicine Scott Shaw sexually abused athletes who had come to him for treatment. Students alleged that Shaw inappropriately touched their breasts, genitals and buttocks under the ruse of conducting what Shaw described as “trigger-point” or “pressure-point” therapy.
The DOJ has concluded that the university mishandled the complaints of sexual abuse against Shaw and that this constituted a violation of federal civil rights law Title IX. The university itself has now admitted that Shaw molested students and is conducting its own investigation into why it did not act upon its student-athlete's complaints. In addition, the FBI is in the midst of an ongoing criminal investigation into Shaw’s actions.
The DOJ has identified 23 specific women who were abused by Shaw, but Shaw treated approximately 1,000 women at San Jose State between 2006 and 2020, so the actual number of victims is likely much higher than 23.
UPDATE: On November 29th, 2021 San Jose State University sent an email with the subject line: SJSU Outreach to former Student Athletes.
The email offered victims a handful of counseling sessions as compensation, which is grossly inadequate in light of the severity of Shaw’s misconduct and the university’s failure to prevent it.
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