14 Years After Not Believing Her, a Michigan Police Dept. Apologizes to Assault Survivor

What’s going on?

A Michigan police department is holding a press conference today to apologize to a woman who reported a serial sexual predator to the authorities more than a decade before he was charged for assaulting dozens of women and girls.

Why wasn’t she believed?

Brianne Randall-Gay reported Larry Nassar to Meridian Township police in 2004, saying he had inappropriately touched her during what should have been a professional medical examination for scoliosis. Formerly the doctor to the USA Gymnastics team, Nassar has since been sentenced to 40 to 175 in prison for sexually assaulting more than 150 women and girls.

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Nassar told police that he was using a legitimate medical procedure to examine Randall-Gay and offered a PowerPoint presentation explaining his methods.

He “had the audacity to tell (police) I misunderstood the treatment because I was not comfortable with my body,” Randall-Gay said.

How was he finally caught?

More than a decade after Randall-Gay’s report, Nassar was arrested and charged following a complaint filed by Rachael Denhollander. Her complaint was followed by dozens of similar reports; altogether, 265 women and girls say that Nassar assaulted them.

Glenn’s take:

The Nassar story should remind us that looking the other way means we are complicit in evil. This horrifying predator may have never been caught if journalists doing their job hadn’t investigated and sounded the alarm.

“The biggest tragedy is how many people were aware of this situation,” Glenn said. “If it wasn’t for investigative press that actually cared, they would have never gotten to the bottom of this.”