DEWITT, Mich. (WLNS) – Two weeks ago, four accomplished American athletes pleaded for justice by sharing their heart-wrenching stories of abuse at the hands of former U.S. Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar.
Today, their lawyer and one of Michigan’s best-known athletes are calling on the Michigan legislature to pass bipartisan Bills 4306 and 4307 inspired by survivors who were sexually assaulted by the former doctor of the ‘University of Michigan, Robert Anderson.
Starting at 10:30 a.m., the Michigan House of Representatives Oversight Committee will hear testimony from survivors of Larry Nassar and Robert Anderson in support of HB 4306 and HB 4037 in Room 326 of the Anderson Office Building House.
Olympic gold medalist and Michigan native Jordyn Wieber is a Nassar survivor.
“By working together, we have been successful in convincing Congress to pass new laws to protect Olympic athletes from predators like Larry Nassar,” Wieber said in a statement. “Now we call on the Michigan State Legislature to do its part on behalf of all Michigan victims of criminal sexual abuse by physicians.”
Like reforms passed in 2018 to help victims of sexual abuse by former Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar, advocates say these bills pursue justice against university employees accused of sexual assault and hold universities accountable for their failure to prevent sexual assault.
HB 4306 (Whitset) extends statute of limitations for victims of criminal sex acts, including opening a one-year retroactive window to initiate civil action for victims of criminal sex acts under the guise of medical treatment.
HB 4307 (Berman) limits a university’s ability to claim legal immunity when the criminal sexual behavior occurred under the guise of medical care and the school knew or should have known but failed to act on it. stop future cases of criminal sexual behavior.
“The brave survivors of Larry Nassar who testified before the Senate – Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols may never have met Larry Nassar if this law had been in place. MSU lodged complaints against Nassar for over 20 years, did nothing, and tried to hide behind Michigan’s outdated statute of limitations and government immunity laws. This bipartisan legislation will allow victims of sexual abuse by academic doctors like Larry Nassar and Robert Anderson to hold their abusers and facilitators fully accountable. “
Senior lawyer for Nassar survivors, John Manly