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Former MSU president apologizes to victims of Larry Nassar

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Former MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon apologized Tuesday to abuse victims of Larry Nassar as she appeared before a subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee.

“Not a day goes by without me wishing that he had been caught and punished sooner,” Simon said. “And not a day goes by without me wondering what we missed and what could have been done to detect his evil before a former youth gymnast filed her complaint with the MSU Police in 2016.”

Simon defended a controversial 2014 Title IX investigation in which two-separate reports were generated, saying the experts did their jobs to the best of their ability. She also maintained that the university did not know Nassar was sexually abusing young women and girls until 2016.

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She apologized a few times to the survivors of Nassar.

“I am here because of the unspeakable crimes of one former university employee, Larry Nassar,” she said. “I am truly sorry for the abuse the survivors of Nassar suffered, the pain it caused, and the pain it continues to cause today. I am sorry a university employee so utterly betrayed the survivors’ trust and everything for which MSU stands.”

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And while she’s still in the hot seat for what has unfolded in the sexual abuse scandal, she said she wants to take on a role to help fix it in the future.

“I would very much like to be part of the conversation about the solution,” Simon said. “I do think I know a little bit about how university's work and systems and approach and some of the unintended consequences of our bureaucratic processes and regulatory work that we need to be able to.”

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