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Dr. Larry Nassar was the medical director for the U.S. Gymnastics team and an associate professor at Michigan State University, where he was the team physician for the women’s gymnastics and crew teams.

Michigan Radio's Kate Wells has been covering the sexual abuse case against former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar for more than a year.

Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison on January 24, 2018. MSU President Lou Anna Simon resigned the next day. You can scroll through all of our coverage here.

TIMELINE: A long history of abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar

TIMELINE: The Larry Nassar scandal at MSU

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In February, the Detroit News broke the story about allegations of abuse involving former University of Michigan sports doctor Robert Anderson. Since then, hundreds of men – and some women – have come forward to accuse Anderson of sexually assaulting them. Anderson worked at U of M from the mid-1960s until he retired in 2003. He died in 2008.

But survivors such as Jon Vaughn, who played football for U of M and in the NFL, want to see institutions implement protections for students who are abused on their campus, especially in sports.

As people victimized by Anderson continue to come forward, state legislators have been working on bills that allow survivors to seek justice through the courts. One of those lawmakers is Ryan Berman, a member of the Michigan House of Representatives.

Larry Nassar at Eaton County sentencing
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Michigan State University mostly found no violations of campus policy in a review of roughly 20 former or current staff members who were said to have received complaints about Larry Nassar, according to a report released Tuesday.

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Former Michigan State University gymnastics coach, Kathie Klages, will serve 90 days in jail and 18 months probation for lying to authorities investigating the sexual assaults committed by Larry Nassar.

That sentence was handed down Tuesday by an Ingham County Circuit Court judge.

Lou Anna Simon in Eaton County court
Cheyna Roth

A judge has dismissed criminal charges against former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon arising from the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal.

Simon was ordered to trial last year on charges that she lied to police about her knowledge of a sexual misconduct complaint against Nassar. 

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With good timing and a web of connections, Larry Nassar navigated the world of elite gymnastics and hid his serial sexual abuse until his victims brought him down.

In a new book, ESPN investigative reporters John Barr and Dan Murphy detail Nassar's beginnings, demise, and the ongoing fallout from his crimes.

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Cheyna Roth / Michigan Radio

Updated: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 5:22 p.m.:

A jury has convicted a former Michigan State University gymnastics coach of lying to police when she denied that two teen athletes told her of sexual abuse by sports doctor Larry Nassar in 1997, nearly 20 years before he was charged.

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State Attorney General Dana Nessel says she's committed to investigating Michigan State University's role in Larry Nassar's serial sexual abuse. 

Nessel says comments from a spokesperson in her office that the investigation was suspended were "inadvertently misleading."

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In a few short weeks, the 2010s will be over, and the 2020s will begin. It's the end of a decade (even if some people insist it's not exactly the end of the decade). Life in Michigan on the cusp of 2020 is quite a bit different than it was in 2010. Our newsroom has been reflecting on the stories that most shaped Michigan in the 2010s. Below is our list. What would you add? 

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More than 4,000 undergraduate women were sexually assaulted at Michigan State University during the 2018-2019 academic year, according to a newly released campus survey. 

 

With more than 15,000 students, faculty and staff sharing their experiences with sexual assault, harassment, and their level of trust in the university to handle those issues, the results give school leaders hard numbers about a problem that still plagues the school long after Larry Nassar was sentenced to prison. 

 


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Today on Stateside, Rachael Denhollander, one of the hundreds of women and girls abused by disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar, joined us to talk about her new memoir What Is A Girl Worth? Plus, the legacy of former U.S. Representative John Conyers, who died Sunday, in Detroit and beyond.

 

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Nicole Bolinaux

Rachael Denhollander has become known in recent years as the leader of the "sister survivors" — a large group of women and girls sexually abused by disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Denhollander was the first person to speak on the record about the sexual abuse she suffered under the guise of treatment. Now, she's out with a memoir about her life and her advocacy titled What Is A Girl Worth: My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth About Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics.

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Michigan State University

One of Michigan State University's trustees is quitting over the board's decision not to independently investigate the Larry Nassar case, and because the university won't release some 6,000 privileged documents about the case.

Former MSU President Lou Anna Simon
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Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has been ordered to stand trial on charges she lied about her knowledge of allegations against now-imprisoned ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Eaton County District Judge Julie Reincke ruled Monday.

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Anna Schlutt / Michigan Radio

The University of Michigan saw an increase in the number of sexual assaults reported on campus in 2018.

That's according to its Clery crime statistics report released this week.

The school reported 45 rapes in 2018 -- up from the 18 cases reported in 2017.

Heather Young is with the University's Division of Public Safety and Security.

Rachel Denhollander
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Updated September 10, 11:18 am: MSU President Samuel Stanley is declining a call from some Larry Nassar survivors to restart an independent investigation, after the Board of Trustees announced it was "pausing" that investigation on Friday.

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Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

One day after the Department of Education issued a historic $4.5 million fine against Michigan State University, the school’s trustees announced they would stop pursuing an independent investigation. 

The school violated a federal law that requires clear and prompt reporting of crimes, including sexual assault and harassment.

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Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

The Education Department is fining Michigan State University $4.5 million for failing to respond to sexual assault complaints against Larry Nassar

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Some lawmakers in Lansing want to take away the licenses of medical professionals who sexually assault their patients under the guise of treatment. Bills to do that and others aimed at helping victims of sexual assault passed out of a state House committee Tuesday.

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A federal department plans to oversee changes at Michigan State University for the next three years.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services started a civil rights investigation into the university soon after the sentencing of Larry Nassar, the former university sports doctor serving a de facto life sentence for child pornography and for sexually assaulting his patients.

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Cheyna Roth / Michigan Radio

An Ingham County judge denied a request Wednesday to dismiss a felony charge for an ex-Michigan State University gymnastics coach.

Kathie Klages is charged with lying to law enforcement during an investigation into former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar. The Klages prosecution is part of a broader investigation into how Nassar was able to sexually assault his young patients for decades.

William Strampel
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

One year. That’s how long the former dean of Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine was sentenced to spend in jail on Wednesday.

William Strampel was convicted of using his position as dean to try to solicit sexual favors from students, and other charges.

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Former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon is officially retiring from the university.

MSU announced Simon’s retirement on Tuesday, as most of the news media’s attention was on the first of two Democratic presidential debates in Detroit.

Lou Anna Simon in Eaton County court
Cheyna Roth

Update Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 8:50 a.m.

A decision on whether former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon will stand trial is on hold for at least two months. 

After closing statements Tuesday, Eaton County Judge Julie Reincke allowed up to nine weeks to review transcripts and legal briefs in the case against Simon.

Michigan Radio was recognized with two awards from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) this past weekend for the station’s 2018 news reporting. The station won First Place in the Podcast category for “Believed” and Second Place in the Nationally Edited Continuing Coverage category for its overall reporting of the Larry Nassar case.

William Strampel
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

A jury has found a former Michigan State University dean guilty of a felony and two misdemeanors. William Strampel was dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine for more than a decade. The jury found that he used his position to try and get sexual favors from female students.

William Strampel
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

The trial of the former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University began on Thursday. William Strampel is charged with not properly overseeing Larry Nassar after an internal investigation. Nassar is the former sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for decades.

William Strampel
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

Jury selection began Tuesday in the case against William Strampel. He’s the former head of the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine who also supervised convicted sexual predator Larry Nassar.

Updated, 6:20p.m.:

The criminal trial will get underway Thursday.

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Seven people have been charged with making fraudulent claims against the fund Michigan State University set up in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.

They have been charged with 22 felony counts for allegedly fraudulent claims that led to them receiving more than $527,000 from the Healing Assistance Fund.  

Morgan McCaul
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Morgan McCaul was looking to start something.

Currently a rising junior studying at the University of Michigan, she has been in activism circles for years now. McCaul has appeared on local news, panels, and was even a speaker for this year’s Ann Arbor Women’s March, specifically in promoting awareness of sexual and domestic violence.

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