Former MSU President Charged with Lying to Police in Sex Abuse Scandal
A former university official who is alleged to help conceal a massive sexual abuse scandal has been formally charged for her role in the cover-up. Such charges are necessary to ensure accountability for crimes that have occurred and prevention of similar crimes in the future.
Today’s filing marks former MSU President LouAnna K. Simon as the third official charged in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal and coverup at Michigan State University. We hope that these charges bring some measure of comfort and healing to the more than 300 women who were allegedly abused by Nassar while he worked for MSU and USA Gymnastics.
These charges also signal hope to other victims of institutional sexual abuse because they were brought about due to an investigation by the state’s attorney general. As of writing, at least 20 attorneys general around the country have undertaken similar investigations into institutional sexual abuse and cover-up within catholic dioceses. We hope that those investigations result in similar charges for any other official – whether in a church, university, or other institutional setting – who has concealed sex crimes against children and vulnerable adults.
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(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
If you are a member of the media and looking to get in touch with these survivors while in Rome, click here for our media advisory and contact information. If you are interested in connecting with a survivor in the US from your area of coverage, please contact one of the SNAP leaders in the US listed below:
- East Coast/DC: Becky Ianni (SNAPvirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044)
- Midwest/Chicago: Zach Hiner (firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-974-9009)
- Midwest/St. Louis: David Clohessy (email@example.com, 314314-566-9790)
- West Coast / San Francisco: Melanie Sakoda (firstname.lastname@example.org, 925-708-6175)
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