How to fix a broken Ohio science museum
Posted On June 19, 2021
Youngstown, Ohio, is a place where science is revered.
There are museums, like the one that holds the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian mummies, the Great Lakes Science Museum, and a museum dedicated to the history of the United States.
But one thing the museum is not, is an ouch.
In the fall of 1885, a car crashed into a museum.
It was the first crash in the museum’s history, and its director, Charles B. Rader, was forced to resign, amid allegations that he sexually abused a young boy.
A decade later, a young man came forward to accuse Rader of molesting him when he was a teen.
The boy’s story is a long one, and the details have been disputed for years, but Rader’s trial ended with him acquitted of all charges.
“It’s really difficult to imagine that someone in his position would take advantage of an 8-year-old child,” said John Bostrom, a professor of science at Harvard University who specializes in how human behavior is shaped by our genes.
There are also the issues of power and control.
The Ohio Science Museum is the subject of the documentary “Ohio,” which tells the story of the crash and the subsequent investigation by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
After Rader was acquitted, he was forced out of the position of museum director and moved to another position.
While his accusers’ accounts have been contested, the case has become a powerful symbol for the power dynamics of American society.
Even now, it is being used as an example by those who want to punish those who report child sexual abuse.
When the Ohio Legislature passed a law in 2016 to close the museum, it was the most comprehensive effort to close a child sexual-abuse museum in the United State, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
And when the Ohio Senate voted to take over the museum in 2017, it gave a one-month extension to the law, which was supposed to be repealed after the next legislative session.
This year, the museum was reopened after an extension to allow for the museum to reopen, but only with the approval of the Ohio Attorney General.
If Rader had remained in his post, the Ohio Science Museums Commission, which oversees the museum and has a $3.3 million budget, could have closed the museum after the law was repealed.
But in a move that the museum has described as an act of political retribution, the commission decided to extend the museum until 2026, a full four years later than expected.
That is an incredibly short time frame, said David G. Sussman, a law professor at the University of Colorado who specializes on sexual abuse law.
So how can a museum like the Ohio Nature Museum that has so much to teach and so much history and research be closed in a year, and it’s not even close to being closed?
The answer, Sussmann said, is in the history and culture of the museum.
Rader’s actions are part of a history of abuse.
In the late 1800s, a 16-year old boy told police that he had been sexually assaulted by a priest, and he was charged and convicted of rape and attempted murder.
The victim was 17 at the time, and his story is often recounted in popular books.
In the early 1900s, the Rev. William L. Moore was charged with rape and was later convicted and sentenced to death.
Many historians and law professors believe that Rader also sexually abused another boy, a girl named Annie.
She was only 15 when the abuse took place.
Annie’s story has been told in books and movies and in countless documentaries.
According to Sussmans book, “The Boy Who Had a Misdemeanor,” a police report says that the boy, “at age 16 or 17, was present with [Rader] in the bedroom and was present when Rader fondled [the boy] in sexual intercourse.”
Sussmans claims that Raders behavior and that of his victims was consistent with the abuse that occurred at the Ohio Museum.
In fact, he said, the boy told investigators that Rimmer was “more likely to abuse a child younger than [the] 16- to 17-year age range.”
The Ohio Supreme Court eventually upheld the conviction of Rader in 1999.
Despite the court’s ruling, the fact remains that Raker abused a child in a place that is meant to be open and accessible to the public, and where children, including the victims, are expected to be protected.
Raker’s accusers have been critical of the fact that the state of Ohio is not taking these allegations seriously, even though the case was a national story and the Ohio governor, Democrat John Kasich, was the main target of Raker’s abuse.
He was a prominent figure in the Republican Party in the