Larry Nassar

Gymnasts urge U.S. Senate to investigate Larry Nassar sexual abuse after botched FBI inquiry

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medalists including Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on Wednesday detailed for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee the failure of the FBI to investigate dozens of complaints of sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar, the former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University physician. The gymnasts also urged senators to […]

After MSU withholds Nassar documents, AG closes investigation

BY: - March 29, 2021

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Friday that Michigan State University (MSU) officials refusing voluntarily waive privilege to thousands of documents involving disgraced former Dr. Larry Nassar means her inquiry is complete.  “We have used every legal mechanism available to us — including going to court — to secure the remaining documents needed for our […]

After Nassar scandal, Dem trustee loses seat on MSU board

BY: - November 6, 2020

Updated, 12:47 p.m. and 2:12 pm., 11/6/20 with new numbers In wave elections, one party often dominates the races at the bottom of the ballot. In 2020, there was no clean sweep, which is not surprising with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden winning a close race at the top of the ticket against President Donald […]

Here are the candidates on the ballot for MSU, ed boards and state Supreme Court

BY: - August 31, 2020

The Michigan Democratic Party and Michigan Republican Party held state conventions over the weekend and voted on their nominees for the state Board of Education, the Michigan Supreme Court and the managing boards of the state’s three flagship universities.  Candidates will appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. The Michigan State University Board of […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Congress must help abused children during the COVID-19 crisis

BY: - August 6, 2020

As Congress debates a $1 trillion package for additional pandemic relief, the COVID-19 virus is unleashing a separate pandemic — one in which many children are facing more physical and sexual violence. This crisis is one Congress can address by putting some of the relief funding toward the fight against child exploitation. The Rape, Abuse […]

Survivors say DeVos Title IX rules may have let MSU off the hook

BY: - June 23, 2020

Michigan survivor advocates joined U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) during a Monday roundtable to discuss the upcoming implementation of a new federal Title IX final rule handed down in May by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Lawmakers with the Democratic Women’s Caucus hosted the roundtable to talk about potential harm posed to survivors by the […]

Nessel to charge 2 more priests in clergy probe, announce PFAS suit

BY: - December 25, 2019

Updated, 5:25 a.m. 12/26/19 The Catholic church sexual abuse investigation continues to expand in Michigan, as Attorney General Dana Nessel said she plans to announce charges against two more priests in the new year. So far, seven priests have been charged in the probe this year and two have pleaded guilty. There are 45 current […]

Survivors again ask MSU to release Nassar docs for independent investigation

BY: - December 13, 2019

Survivor Sterling Riethman addressed Michigan State University trustees at their Friday board meeting, once more renewing a call for MSU to stand down and not impede a state investigation into the university’s handling of the Larry Nassar crisis. Riethman delivered part of the statement on behalf of fellow sexual assault survivors Rachael Denhollander and Sarah […]

Slotkin pushes back on DeVos’ Title IX changes with legislation

BY: - December 12, 2019

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) proposed legislation this week to protect sexual assault survivors and stop U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ proposed Title IX changes.  In November 2018, DeVos initiated rollbacks to President Obama-era policies that held colleges and universities to higher standards when it came to handling accusations of sexual assault and harassment.  The […]

Survivors have high hopes for new MSU trustee, but renew call to remove several legacy members

BY: - December 4, 2019

As of Wednesday afternoon, Michigan State University’s embattled Board of Trustees once again has eight members. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the appointment of Trustee Renee Knake in a press release. Knake is a law professor, legal ethics expert and author who has taught at a number of universities, including MSU. Her appointment fills the seat […]

MSU Trustee Joel Ferguson disputes sports commentator’s claim he called Nassar crisis ‘overblown’

BY: - December 3, 2019

In a Nov. 7 episode of the podcast, “No Filter Sports,” nationally known sports commentator Bob Page described a conversation he said he had with Michigan State University Trustee Joel Ferguson prior to the Nov. 5 MSU men’s basketball game.  In the episode, Page said Ferguson during their Nov. 5 conversation used the term “overblown” […]

One MSU trustee is not enough: Sexual abuse advocates call on governor to step in

BY: - November 3, 2019

Updated, 12:34 p.m. with comments from Gov. Whitmer’s office. Legacy members, eight-year terms and those standing in the way of justice have to go, say members of the Michigan State University community. The MSU trustees have been in the national spotlight since early 2018 when convicted pedophile and ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced 40 […]