As former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar faces dozens of sexual assault charges, details are emerging about warning signs missed by Michigan State officials and others.
The Washington Post published a story last week about how the behavior of the doctor who primarily worked with the women’s gymnastics team was brushed aside by some in the Spartans administration.
And on Tuesday, Rachael Denhollander, a former patient and outspoken alleged victim of Nassar, released a pair of open letters in response to the Washington Post story. She addressed one to the dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, William Strampel, and another to Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon.
Denhollander says she was sexually abused by Nassar when she was 15 years old, and she first came forward with allegations last September to The Indianapolis Star. She criticized the negligence of Michigan State administrators and some emails they exchanged with Nassar.
“Did you pause, even for a moment, to wonder what motivation I and these other women, all independent of each other, could have had to choose to relive that pain in front of a national audience?” Denhollander wrote to Strampel.
“You didn’t know I lost 10 pounds in one week because I was so physically ill after giving that interview that I could barely eat,” she continued. “You didn’t know I had nightmares every single night for more than three months because I couldn’t escape the details. You didn’t know that the desire to protect myself, the fear, and the feeling of constant vulnerability, all returned with a vengeance because the memories were so close to the surface and I couldn’t get away. You didn’t know any of this. But you never asked. You never considered the evidence. Not once. Not at all. You watched my testimony, joked about how much it would mess up your day, and wished Larry ‘good luck.’ “