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Lawmakers roll out Nassar response legislation

Feb 26, 2018

Credit Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers have a plan to fight sexual assault against young people. Some of the bills could have an impact on future lawsuits against Michigan State University.

The school has come under fire recently for accusations that it ignored complaints against former MSU sports doctor, Larry Nassar. Nassar was recently sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting young women. Multiple women are currently suing the school.

Lindsey Lemke says she reported Nassar to an MSU official, but was ignored.

“I was attempted to be silenced the exact same way so many women were silenced at Michigan State for decades. This legislation will change that. Brave survivors who come forward will not be dismissed,” Lemke said.

Some legislation would change the statute of limitations for filing a civil claim in cases of sexual assault. Another bill that could affect MSU would get rid of governmental immunity for entities that allowed sexual assaults to occur.          

Jordyn Weiber is one of Nassar’s victims. She says this legislation will protect children now and in the future.

"It will make necessary and sweeping changes in criminal and civil law that will protect children, hold abusers and their enablers accountable, and guarantee every survivor their day in court,” Wieber said.

The legislation would, among other things, require coaches and trainers to report suspicions of abuse and increase the statute of limitations for sexual assault claims.