The entire nation and people around the world watched in shock this past week as 160 women courageously stepped forward in Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s Ingham County courtroom to address Larry Nasser and describe to him and the world what it has meant to be sexually violated by him. We salute Assistant AG Angela Povilaitis and her team who worked tirelessly to bring Nassar to justice and the 160 women who bravely made their statements. The impact statements contributed to the vindication for the girls and women who endured this horrendous abuse – confronting their abuser and seeing him face the criminal consequences.
The struggle continues. We hope these events prompt even more women to come forward, tell their stories and demand a massive investigation into the silent and reprehensible tolerance of Nassar’s employers and sponsors at Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and the coaches and trainers who were in a position to stop the abuse but did not.
As Judge Aquilina so eloquently said when she sentenced Nassar: “Inaction is an action. Silence is indifference and justice requires action and a voice.” The attorneys at Pitt, McGehee, Palmer & Rivers support the right of people to be free from sexual abuse and harassment and give a voice and take action to those whose voices are being ignored.