The crimes, sins, and callousness of Dr. Larry Nassar could fill volumes. The judge who presided over his case was delighted to have signed the doctor’s “death warrant” with how long he was going to be behind bars. However, as the New York Times reports, the true costs are still coming in with staggering dollar amounts being awarded to those abused.
The misery that Lawrence G. Nassar doled out to his trusting patients “under the guise of medical treatment” is all but boundless. Due to this, they are to be given $500 million from the Michigan State University it was announced today. Since the school is a state one, that means all taxpayers will contribute their mite.
Attorneys who represented 332 different abused ladies approved the deal from university trustees on Tuesday. It needs now only to be finalized.
“This historic settlement came about through the bravery of more than 300 women and girls who had the courage to stand up and refuse to be silenced,” declared John Manly, one of the lawyers who settled.
“It is the sincere hope of all of the survivors that the legacy of this settlement will be far-reaching institutional reform that will end the threat of sexual assault in sports, schools and throughout our society,” he added.
Nassar, now in prison, preyed upon very young girls while he served as a doctor for the U.S. Olympic Team. The fallout has seen Michigan State’s president step down, “the state attorney general opened a criminal investigation, and Dr. Nassar’s longtime boss, William D. Strampel, was charged with committing abuse himself.”
Many of the abused patients had spoken up about what took place and no one believed them, a fact that made the whole case much darker.
Amanda Thomashow was one of those girls. She hopes that this exposure works to ensure that things like this will never happen again. While some people will always abuse others, the scope of this case was massive and without excuse.
Thomashow hopes for more discussions on matters of sexual abuse, also.
“Michigan State is pleased that we have been able to agree in principle on a settlement that is fair to the survivors of Nassar’s crimes,” declared, Robert Young, the college’s legal counsel. “We appreciate the hard work both sides put into the mediation, and the efforts of the mediator, which achieved a result that is responsible and equitable.”
“I think that it’s a step toward healing for myself and all of the brave survivors who have told their truth,” the U.S. athlete said. “But I also think there is so much more work to be done at that university and universities across the country.” The woes for the schools pocketbook is not over yet since “Lawsuits against U.S.A. Gymnastics, the United States Olympic Committee and others remain unresolved.”
The true misery that this doctor caused will haunt the women who were subjected to it for the rest of their lives. Thankfully, they are not letting that fact hold them down any more than they cowered when it came time to talk.
At last, someone listened.