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Michigan Lawmakers Roll Out Nassar Response Legislation

Feb 27, 2018

Michigan House of Representatives Chamber
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Survivors of former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar joined with lawmakers Monday to rollout new legislation.  Nassar was recently convicted of multiple cases of sexual assault.  The legislation is aimed at curbing sexual misconduct.

The bills range from extending the statute of limitations for criminal and civil cases to making youth sport coaches and athletic trainers mandatory reporters of child abuse.  Lawmakers say this will put fear into the hearts of potential perpetrators, and ensure victims are heard when it doesn’t.  

Rachael Denhollander was one of the first women to publicly come forward about Larry Nassar’s abuse.  She says, right now, Michigan isn’t doing enough to provide justice for victims of abuse. BUT -

“I am proud to say that the legislative package will become a blueprint for our country.”

Denhollander called on the Legislature and the governor to pass these bills into law before summer.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org