First MSU Official tied to Larry Nassar Convicted, SNAP Reacts
A former Michigan State University official has been convicted of misconduct in office and willful neglect of duty in his connection to the Larry Nassar scandal. We are grateful to the jurors for this conviction and we believe that it will give survivors in Michigan hope.
The indifference towards the criminal behavior of Nassar shown by William Strampel, the former dean of MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, is reminiscent of the indifference demonstrated by church officials in both Catholic and other faith traditions towards cases of sexual abuse in their communities. We are glad that Strampel’s indifference will be punished and we hope that officials in other institutions – be they places of higher learning, worship, or otherwise – will take notice of what happens when allegations of criminal behavior are ignored or minimized.
We also hope that this conviction will show survivors of institutional abuse that justice can be had and will encourage anyone who suffered, witnessed or suspected abuse to come forward and make a report to local law enforcement and the state attorney general.
CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director (517-974-9009, firstname.lastname@example.org)
(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)