sexual abuse

On the April 28-29, 2018 edition of Current State: new information in the case against an MSU Dean; a one-on-one with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver; gluten-free diets; a free recordings of nationally televised concerts in East Lansing and more. 


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Michigan State University, already reeling from the scandal involving a gymnastics doctor who molested young athletes, has maintained ties to a prominent volleyball coach for decades after he was publicly accused in 1995 of sexually abusing and raping six underage girls he trained in the 1980s.

Bonnie Knutson and Michael Kaplowitz
Eli Broad College of Business - MSU and MSU College of Agriculture of Natural Resources

Michigan State University has named two new faculty athletic representatives.  


Carol Viventi
MSU Today

A Michigan State University official is apologizing after emails show her criticizing a Larry Nassar victim who had accused the school's president of trying to pressure the woman to settle a lawsuit.

Brianne Randall-Gay
WLNS-TV Lansing (WKAR media partner)

Later this month, one of the survivors of sexual abuse by disgraced doctor Larry Nassar will return to mid-Michigan. She will help the same community where here complaints about Nassar were initially not believed. WKAR’s Reginald Hardwick talked with her about the past and the future.


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Inmates sent to prison as children can sue the state over sexual abuse and other alleged misconduct, under a ruling from the Michigan Court of Appeals.


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Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Olympic gymnast Jordyn Wieber is criticizing Michigan State University's interim president, saying he needs to work with the girls and women abused by imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Bipartisan legislation in Michigan that would help victims of imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar's sexual abuse move forward with lawsuits was in limbo Wednesday amid pushback from universities, the Catholic Church and others.

Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Michigan's 15 public universities on Monday asked the Legislature to delay voting on bills inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case, expressing concern about measures that would retroactively extend the time victims would have to file lawsuits and remove an immunity defense for governmental agencies.

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The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw's bishop is encouraging sexual abuse victims to come forward after a priest who served for decades in Michigan was charged with sex crimes.

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WKAR-MSU

In February, Lansing police responded to 95 calls for domestic violence and nearly 20 calls for sexual assault. According to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, two-thirds of sexual assaults are NOT reported to authorities.
 

Those are the facts. Now let’s talk about how to get help. This week we’re bringing you a series called “WKAR Connects,” where we let you know about local organizations working to end sexual and domestic violence.


The first one we look at is End Violent Encounters, also known as EVE. WKAR’s Katie Cook spoke with Executive Director Erin Roberts.


Twitter/McKayla Maroney

Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney says she was molested for years by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, abuse she said started in her early teens and continued for the rest of her competitive career.