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“Children should not have a price tag on them,” survivor says to opponents of sexual assault bills

Larissa Boyce testifies in Ingham County courtroom at Larry Nassar's sentencing hearing.
Emma Winowiecki

This week the Michigan Senate passed a package of bills that would, among other things, limit claims of immunity from civil suits for government entities, including public universities; extend the statute of limitations for when a victim can file a sexual assault complaint; and strengthen mandatory reporting laws.

Larissa Boyce was at the capitol this week. She was among the first athletes to report Larry Nassar to Michigan State University officials in 1997. She spoke with Stateside about her opinion of the bills and her response to the high-powered opposition coming from public universities, the Catholic Church, and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which claims that the bills would open the door to costly settlements and lawsuits. Boyce also discussed her view on MSU’s progress in the wake of the Nassar scandal and the work that needs be done by interim President Engler.

Listen above.

We reached out to the spokesman for interim MSU President John Engler. He referred us to comments Engler made to reporters yesterday, in which Engler said he hopes to have negotiations completed by this summer and for the university to avoid years of litigation and trial.

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