January 29, 2018

The Detroit News: Trustee calls for MSU’s general counsel to quit

Michigan State University Trustee Brian Mosallam is calling for the resignation of Bob Noto, the school’s vice president for legal affairs and general counsel, in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.

The call comes after a second Title IX report emerged Friday, showing that a victim who filed the complaint in the 2014 investigation got a version of the report that hid details found in an investigation of the case.

Both reports cleared Nassar, but the unabridged report that recently surfaced and was marked confidential showed that Nassar was a liability to the university and “ is exposing patients to unnecessary trauma based on the possibility of perceived inappropriate sexual misconduct.”

Besides Mosallam, others who have demanded resignations and investigations include the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows, state Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, and U.S. Sens. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township and Dianne Feinstein, D-California.

Over the weekend, state Attorney General Bill Schuette appointed Bill Forsyth, who was the Kent County prosecutor in western Michigan for 30 years, as the special investigator to look into what happened at MSU.

The Board of Trustees on Friday also called for a second investigation to examine the university’s failures that enabled Nassar to prey on so many young girls for decades.

MSU officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

“The Nassar case is a textbook demonstration of the social conditions that discourage disclosure of sexual abuse,” said Haley Halverson, vice president of advocacy and outreach at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, in a statement calling for the resignation of all USAG board members.

“As researchers have reported, many victims hesitate to come forward due to fear of not being believed or being disregarded in favor of the perpetrators’ denial,” Halverson continued. “They fear being met with victim-blaming, ostracization, and being forced to leave the team. Many others fail to report due to a lack of evidence … None of the individuals involved in perpetuating this monstrous case of sexual abuse, whether directly or indirectly, should be rewarded with a position of authority.”

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