It is ugly at San Jose State right now. Ugly in a Larry-Nassar-gymnastics-scandal kind of way, which is to say as ugly as it gets. Bad news is coming fast and furious.

On Thursday, a local law firm announced it had filed tort claims — predecessors to formal lawsuits — against the California State University system on behalf of 10 former San Jose State student-athletes who allege they were sexual abuse victims of former SJSU athletic trainer Scott Shaw.

That development comes two days after former SJSU deputy athletic director Steve O’Brien sued the university, including his former boss, athletic director Marie Tuite. The suit alleges wrongful termination and retaliation against O’Brien, saying the athletic department attempted to punish a whistleblower in the same sexual misconduct case.

In other words, the suit says, the people who are supposed to protect student-athletes instead tried to thwart an investigation into the wrongs perpetrated against them.

Responding Wednesday to O’Brien’s filing, the university said in a statement: “San Jose State University is currently reviewing the lawsuit.”

The wrongs have been confirmed. Last week, CSU investigators found that Shaw was responsible for sexual misconduct. The investigation refuted SJSU’s decade-old internal findings that Shaw’s procedures were medically appropriate. Instead, CSU’s medical expert found the procedure of “trigger point massage” — yes, the same procedure used by Nassar — was inappropriate and unethical.

The news is not only ugly but compounding quickly. But for the victims — now mostly adult women in their late 20s and early 30s — the path toward justice has been agonizingly slow.

The details of the Shaw sexual misconduct case came to light last year, in reports by USA Today. A decade ago, Shaw was cleared by SJSU of inappropriate behavior after a perfunctory and quiet internal investigation. But Spartans swim coach Sage Hopkins collected evidence from swimmers and other athletes who believed the investigation was flawed and incomplete and contended the inappropriate behavior was ongoing.