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Engler scheduled to testify before Congress in Nassar hearings this week

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Michigan State University Interim President John Engler will appear before a U.S. Senate subcommittee Tuesday.

The subcommittee has held multiple meetings in response to former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar, who sexually assaulted hundreds of his patients. Tuesday's hearing is focused on changes made by MSU and others to protect amateur athletes from sexual predators like former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar.

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John Engler at the final MSU Board of Trustees meeting of the 2017/18 school year.

Engler, who is also a former Michigan governor, says he’s excited to have an opportunity to share the progress and changes Michigan State has made.

“We’ve now put in place what I think is a rather broad safety net that looks out for young people.”

Engler says he wants the US Olympic Committee – which gets its charter from Congress – to improve protection for athletes. He says the Olympic Committee knew Nassar was abusing young women, but it didn’t tell anyone, including MSU.

Morgan McCaul is a survivor of assault by Nassar. She says Engler testifying at this hearing is ironic because Engler has held the school back by criticizing Nassar assault survivors.

“They have made some changes on the campus, but I don’t know how much I credit that to John Engler himself and rather the community rallying around and the faculty who have really enacted that policy.”

Representatives from the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and the Athletes Advisory Council are also expected to testify.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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