Nassar survivor ‘deeply grateful’ for Justice Department settlement, but says work remains

(23 Apr 2024)
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ASSOCIATED PRESS
Louisville, Kentucky – 18 April 2024
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Rachael Denhollander, Larry Nassar survivor:
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“I’m deeply grateful. Accountability with the Justice Department has been a long time in coming. Their failures allowed over 100 children to continue being abused. And it is right and just that a measure of accountability has come. But I think it’s also important to recognize that this is the first step. The failures that we see happening with the FBI and the Justice Department really are just a blown-up picture of what’s happening all over the country to survivors that don’t have press coverage. And so, what really needs to happen at this point in time now is asking the question: What do we need to reform in our justice system so that we do not continue having situations where perpetrators are enabled and allowed to go free after multiple reports of abuse?”

ASSOCIATED PRESS
ARCHIVE: Lansing, Michigan – 24 January 2018
2. Various of sexual abuse survivor Rachael Denhollander speaking at Larry Nassar’s sentencing hearing, as Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina and Nassar listen

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Louisville, Kentucky – 18 April 2024
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rachael Denhollander, Larry Nassar survivor:
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“And the unfortunate reality is that what we are seeing today is something that most survivors never see. Most survivors never see accountability. Most survivors never see justice. Most survivors never get restitution. And so, we need to look at what has taken place in this case and ask the bigger cultural and community questions: What do we need to change so that you don’t have to have 500-plus survivors and almost a decade of warnings and public pressure to get a measure of accountability and justice?”

ASSOCIATED PRESS
ARCHIVE: Lansing, Michigan – 24 January 2018
4. Nassar is led into the courtroom

ASSOCIATED PRESS
ARCHIVE: Detroit – 22 March 2022
5. FBI Director Christopher Wray chats while on stage at the conclusion of his appearance before a meeting of the Detroit Economic Club

ASSOCIATED PRESS
ARCHIVE: Lansing, Michigan – 24 January 2018
6. Denhollander speaks in court
7. Various of Denhollander hugging supporters after speaking
STORYLINE:
The U.S. Justice Department announced a $138 million settlement Tuesday with more than 100 people who accused the FBI of grossly mishandling allegations of sexual assault against Larry Nassar in 2015 and 2016.

When combined with other settlements, roughly $1 billion now has been set aside by various organizations to compensate hundreds of women who said Nassar assaulted them under the guise of treatment for sports injuries.

Nassar worked at Michigan State University and also served as a team doctor at Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics. He’s now serving decades in prison for assaulting female athletes, including medal-winning Olympic gymnasts.

The Justice Department has acknowledged that it failed to step in. An internal investigation found that, for more than a year, FBI agents in Indianapolis and Los Angeles had knowledge of allegations against him but apparently took no action.

FBI Director Christopher Wray has apologized to survivors.

“I’m deeply grateful. Accountability with the Justice Department has been a long time in coming," said Rachael Denhollander of Louisville, Kentucky, who is not part of the latest settlement but was the first person to publicly step forward and detail abuse at the hands of Nassar.

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