Michigan State Agrees to $500 Million Settlement: What This Means for Other Sexual Abuse Victims

Jackson, Mississippi. The New York Times reports that victims of a Michigan State University physician’s sexual abuse will be awarded $500 million in a settlement. This record-breaking settlement highlights the pervasiveness of the violence and Michigan State University’s failure to address the situation. Many of the women who have claims against the physician are also seeking damages from U.S.A. Gymnastics as well. Since the 1990s, women had been making allegations against the physician, claiming that when they sought gynecological treatment, they were sexually abused. Reports indicate that the physician told university officials that he was performing proper medical treatment. However, as more allegations have come to light, a pervasive pattern of abuse can be seen. The state is currently investigating criminal charges against the physician. The hope is that the investigation will further reveal how this abuse was allowed to go on for so long.

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The record-breaking settlement comes along with issues about how the university will pay the half a billion dollar amount. Many believe that ultimately students will shoulder the burden through tuition increases and state taxpayers may also share some of the burden. What makes the case against Michigan State so horrifying is that women had been reporting abuse since the 90s. Despite official reports, Michigan State permitted the physician to continue practicing on campus. Yet, Michigan State may not be the only university where known abuse was known to continue. Other universities have been known to suppress reports. In some cases, universities put their school’s reputation above student safety and justice. With Michigan State’s recent settlement, will other victims of campus sexual assault be emboldened to come forward? Will women seek justice from campus officials who ignored or silenced their pleas for help? Only time will tell. If you were victimized or injured on campus, you may have the right to seek damages from your assaulter and possibly even from the campus. Malouf & Malouf are personal injury lawyers in Jackson, MS who may be able to help you fight back. Our firm handles a range of cases, including personal injury, and we understand how complex cases involving sexual assault, domestic, violence, or abuse can be. Visit us at https://malouflaw.com/personal-injury/ to learn more about your options and rights.   Malouf & Malouf, PLLC 501 E Capitol St. Jackson, MS 39201 Phone Number: (601) 522-2222      
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