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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.

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.”

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: The Meridian Township Police Department in Michigan will publicly apologize to one person today.

It’s an apology that is 14 years too late.

Brianne Randall-Gay filed a complaint with the police department against disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar in 2004, stating that he touched her inappropriately during a routine exam.

The police investigated and took Nassar’s word instead of Brianne’s. Nassar claimed the then 17-year-old “misunderstood the treatment because she was not comfortable with her body.”

They believed him and dropped the case.

If someone had believed Brianne that day, how many assaults could have been prevented?

It could have stopped more than a decade worth of emotional and physical torture for so many girls.

But no one stood up for Brianne and Larry Nassar went on to sexually assault more than 100 girls under the guise of medical treatment.

For the last couple weeks, famous faces lined the courtroom, patiently waiting to speak about their assault at the hands of Nassar.

He was ultimately sentenced to 40-175 years in prison after pleading to criminal sexual conduct involving girls under the age of 16.

Nassar is a despicable person who more than deserves his sentence. The biggest tragedy of all is that so many people were aware of the situation.

The biggest lesson we can learn from this story and from the many people who have come out in the #metoo movement is that “not to speak, is to speak.”

Complicity in evil acts is evil itself. We can all do a better job at being brave and speaking up when we know something is not right.

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