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)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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