"We have a voice now." Listen to the survivors of Larry Nassar


Second Thoughts: Things are about to get real ugly at Michigan State

Nassar was sentenced this week to up to 175 years for sexually assaulting more than 150 young women, some of them Michigan State students and student-athletes.

In Michigan, it is a misdemeanor punishable by up to three months in jail and a $500 fine for certain professionals to fail to report a suspected case of child abuse.

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon resigned Wednesday evening.

The common denominator during the court process from the victims who suffered abuse while seeing Nassar at Michigan State's clinic was that the university failed to reach out. Hollis' departure is the latest development in the fallout from Nassar's sex abuse scandal.

"The obligation to report doesn't mean anything unless people enforce". She said the university needed cultural reviews from "top to bottom".

Olympic gold medalists Jordyn Wieber, left, and Aly Raisman, right, sit in Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina's courtroom Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, during the fourth day the sentencing hearing for former sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar.

Nassar was also accused of molesting other young gymnasts while employed by USA Gymnastics, the sport's US governing body.

The USOC threatened to decertify the organization, which, besides picking USA national teams, is the umbrella organization for hundreds of clubs across the country. "And it's no answer to say, 'Well, there's never been anything this heinous before.' Either NCAA rules apply to sexual assaults or they don't". Sandusky's arrest a decade later blew up into a scandal that brought down legendary football coach Joe Paterno. "President Simon has served with distinction as MSU's President for 13 years and has been a constant presence at the university for more than 40 years".

"December seems like light years away in terms of all the outrage and publicity", MacLeish said, referring to when the settlement talks ended. The local prosecutor declined to charge Nassar in that case.

"This march is just the start, we are going to keep pressing officials until they take the responsibility and step up in regards to sexual assault on campus", said rally co-organizer Mackenzie Mrla.

"Whether you are a victim or not of Larry Nassar your story matters", said Lindsey Lemke.

The Michigan attorney general and NCAA will investigate Michigan State's handling of Nassar, who worked with the university for two decades. What took place at Michigan State and to other female gymnasts in the United States at the hands of Nasser is simply sickening. ESPN also investigated how the athletic department had handled accusations involving the school's football and men's basketball teams. Some penalties were later eased.

It's been a tumultuous week in East Lansing, home of the Spartans. She said she told a campus counselor, Gary Stollak, about the abuse in 2004. He said that is "absolutely false". He joined the athletics department in 1995 as associate athletic director for external relations. "They are continuing to drag out my pain, and that is inappropriate". The university, however, told him that he needed to have a chaperone in the room during certain exams.

"The conversation with Kathie Klages occurred following the allegation of some comments that were made in a meeting in September of 2016 that pertained to her being extremely vocal in her support for (Nassar) to the point of asking student-athletes to write sympathy cards", Hollis said. She has denied wrongdoing.

Even in resigning, Simon proved why this whole thing is such a tragedy - because Michigan State has been woefully inadequate in protecting its students and completely tone-deaf in how it has talked publicly about this sad situation.

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