Michigan State University has agreed in principal to pay $500 million to settle lawsuits brought against disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar by hundreds of women and girls who say he abused them. She says the deal will help the "sister survivors" move forward, and her decision to come forward publicly in 2016 was motivated by the need for accountability and reform, "so that other little children don't live the nightmares we lived".
Wednesday's settlement only addresses claims against the university.
The Nassar case is the nation's biggest case of serial sexual abuse based on the number of victims.
And assuming it becomes final, the settlement will not resolve many other aspects of this situation for Michigan State, which is under investigation by the Education Department and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. It has no impact on the ligation against USA Gymnastics or the United States Olympic Committee.
Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on the child porn charges, and up to 175 years on sex abuse charges. It also forced the resignation of the USA Gymnastics presidents and its board. He had an worldwide reputation while working at the same time for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.
The sexual abuse appears to have started in the early 1990s when Nassar was still in medical school, and continued until he was sacked by MSU in September 2016.
There are approximately 300 victims related to the Nassar assaults.
In their lawsuits, the women generally contended the intravaginal treatments occurred without consent and without use of gloves.
"The entire MSU community has worked hard at changes to make sure a monster like Larry Nassar could never hide again on our campus", Engler said on Wednesday.
During a remarkable series of court hearings, dozens of women came forward to speak against Nassar as well as the institutions that they said protected him, including Michigan State. A MSU investigation cleared Nassar, saying the patient failed to understand the "nuanced difference" between abuse and medical treatment.
Michigan State was accused of ignoring or dismissing complaints about Nassar, some as far back as the 1990s.
Nassar was sacked by Michigan State, and was charged with possession of child pornography on his laptop computer as well as abusing a family friend who was not a patient, in addition to molesting a number of former patients.
In addition to the complaint, Strampel is facing a felony charge of misconduct in office, a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty. His sentencing in state court this year drew worldwide attention as hundreds of his victims described their abuse.