A day after MSU settled the hundreds of lawsuits filed against the university by the survivors of ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar's abuse, Interim President John Engler issued a letter to the MSU community in response.
Nassar, 54, a former Olympic gymnastics doctor, is serving an effective life term after pleading guilty to assaulting nine girls and women in MI, as well as to federal child pornography crimes, and being sentenced to up to 175 years in jail. His assaults were mostly committed in MI at his Lansing-area home, campus clinic and area gyms, but his accusers also said he molested them at a gymnastics-training ranch in Texas and at national and worldwide competitions.
"When you know that you were sexually assaulted, and you're told that you don't understand what sexual assault is, you spend your days questioning your own self-worth", she says.
More than 250 gave statements in court when Nassar was sentenced for sexual assault in January and February.
In the Legislature, lawmakers have crafted more than 30 bills in response to what Nassar did.
"There was talk of settlement amounts closer to $1 billion, so from a credit perspective, "only" a $500 million payment is a positive development", Fabian said. MSU will set aside an additional US$75 million in a trust fund for any victims who come forward in the future.
Raisman along with four other team members, including the US' most decorated gymnast, Simone Biles, came forward a year ago to detail the ordeal they were forced to go through while competing for the American national team.
Gina Nichols says her daughter will join more than 100 women on stage to accept the ESPY award on July 18. "I'm also very disappointed in a missed opportunity to create meaningful policy changes".
Denhollander is credited as the first victim to publicly accuse Nassar, which inspired other women to come forward. She spoke with the Indianapolis Star in 2016 about Nassar's abuse, and that story sparked national outrage which led to Nassar's takedown.
But the Indianapolis Star was not the first organization to hear about Nassar's abuse. The school, however, has insisted that no one covered up assaults.
Thomashow says reaching the settlement is a good start, but "there's a lot more work to be done on that campus and campuses across the country". The school has had to fight civil litigation and state and federal probes into how the school handled his misconduct, and about $2.5 million was spent on handling insurance claims.