Michigan State announced on Wednesday that it would be paying $500 million to 332 women and girls who said they were sexually assaulted by MSU and USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. This was first reported by the Detroit Free Press. According to The Free Press, the settlement amount was approved by Michigan State’s board on Tuesday night.
Although the trial did not make a lot of noise in the public for a long time, it really received a lot more focus and attention after Aly Raisman, who was one of the faces of USA’s successful 2016 Olympics run, opened up about her experiences. She would bravely speak up about the pain and suffering she and other survivors experienced at Nassar’s sentencing.
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Watch Aly Raisman’s powerful speech at the sentencing of serial sexual harasser and former USA gymnastic doctor Larry Nassar. https://t.co/CUZV2BSpB6
On Wednesday, ESPN announced they will be giving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to the survivors who spoke up against the criminal behavior by Larry Nassar.
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The Arthur Ashe Courage Award will be awarded to the hundreds of athletes who spoke out about the abuses they suffered from former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. The survivors will be honored at the @ESPYS on July 18.
While the $500 million will be viewed as a big number, the number that should stand out is 332, demonstrating years and years of negligence and disregard on many fronts.