Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Simon apologizes to Nassar victims, insists there was no cover-up at MSU

Simon apologizes to Nassar victims, insists there was no cover-up at MSU

Rachael Denhollander was the first woman to publicly accuse for Michigan State gymnastics and US gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse.

The university says the only time it was made aware of a complaint against Nassar was in 2014, after a patient raised concerns about the treatment she received by Nassar.

Simon now makes $860,198 in total compensation in 2015, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

"I am truly sorry for the abuse you suffered, the pain it caused, and the pain it continues to cause today".

A group of demonstrators stood silently in the meeting to protest how MSU has dealt with complaints from survivors of sexual assault. But many victims said what's been done so far is nowhere near enough to make up for what happened, or to prevent another Nassar situation from happening again.

"It's hard to take that and believe it when there's no action behind what they're actually doing", she continued.

Kaylee Lorincz, 18, said she was sexually assaulted by Nassar when she was 11 and that she doesn't believe Simon's apology was honest. "I do not believe that whatsoever".

Instead, Simon and MSU trustees agreed to transfer the $150,000 to a university scholarship fund and also to establish a $10 million fund for mental health services for sexual assault survivors. "I can't go to the doctor without someone going with me", she said. But the university does not want to release the findings of the internal review, which obviously may hinder their defense in the many lawsuits filed by Dr. Nassar's victims.

Several of the trustees at Friday's meeting adamantly denied that the university was attempting to cover up any wrongdoing.

The university hired former US attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in February to guide its internal review of how Nassar was able to continue his misconduct as a university employee for almost 20 years.

Earlier this month, in to the Department of Education's indictment, the Lansing State Journal concluded that Simon had forfeited her moral authority to continue as MSU's president.

They also say Nassar could have been stopped if Strampel and other MSU officials did their jobs.

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