Michigan State students march for sexual assault survivors

Searing victim testimony during former American gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar's sentencing hearing has ratched up pressure on the sport's US governing body and Michigan State University to settle civil lawsuits by girls and women seeking to hold them responsible for his years of sexual abuse, legal experts said.

Many victims said they reported Nassar's abuse to various members of Michigan State's staff. Campus police got their first report regarding Nassar in 2014, but the Ingham County prosecutor declined to file charges.

Hollis said that he was not asked to retire or pressured "in any way" to leave his post.

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A MI judge on Wednesday sentenced Nassar to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing young female athletes in his care. Several of the victims who addressed the court were former athletes at the university, and many victims charged the school with mishandling complaints about Nassar as far back as the late 1990s.

Nassar, 54, served as the USA gymnastics team physician for several Olympic Games through 2012 and worked at Michigan State since the 1990s.

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Those key findings were never shared with Amanda Thomashow, the patient who said Nassar had assaulted her.

The resignation comes two days after MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon submitted her resignation and a day after an ESPN Outside the Lines report found the Michigan State University failed to hand over documents that outlined accusations of sexual assault by former trainer Larry Nassar to Title IX investigators. The school's governing board expressed support for Simon, but she eventually succumbed to pressure from students, faculty and lawmakers.

Many people from within the university told Hollis he should "not do this", but insisted it was the appropriate response for the survivors of Nassar's abuse.

The MSU Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday afternoon to accept Simon's resignation and appointed trustee Bill Beekman as acting president until an interim one is named. Board member Joel Ferguson apologized this week for saying previously that some victims were ambulance chasers seeking a payday.

The protest, titled "March for Survivors and Change at MSU", will be held on Friday.

Hollis, who had been in the job for 10 years, disclosed the move during a meeting with a small group of reporters on campus.

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Much attention has recently been given to outside investigations into the University and the Athletic Department, including those both by the Michigan Attorney General and the NCAA.

Yes. Michigan State is under the microscope. Yes. Some gymnasts said assaulted them there.

"The Penn State crisis - and this has a good deal of similarities - was the biggest sports story in 2012", said Gerald Gurney, an assistant professor of Adult and Higher Education at the University of Oklahoma.

"Larry Nassar's heinous crimes of record against more than 150 victims raise serious concerns about institutional practices, student-athlete safety and the institution's actions to protect individuals from his behavior", the letter reads. They seek more changes.

Ex-MSU Gymnastics Coach Kathie Klages retired in February 2017, amid the Nassar scandal.

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