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In summary, Nassar drugged and raped a field hockey player who had a knee injury, and filmed the rape. She woke up in the middle of this happening and so was conscious at least for part of it, so pursued a charge with the MSU police. The police referred her to the athletic department because she was a student athlete (what), and while her coach advocated for her, the head of the department, George Perles (who is now an MSU trustee), buried it and demanded that the coach return the tape. A pregnancy and miscarriage followed, which the woman stated was unequivocally due to the rape since she was a virgin at the time.

Take a moment to absorb the horror on the face of those facts, and then consider some of the implications.

First, this is 1992. Nassar was not brought to justice until 2017, and even then, his arrest was based on child pornography, not witness testimony of myriad assault or a fucking VIDEOTAPED RAPE. During those 25 years, he assaulted probably over 300 victims.

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Second, in 1992, Nassar was a nobody. He wasn’t some famous, reputation-heavy gymnastics doctor for the Olympics. He wasn’t even a doctor. He graduated from medical school in 1993. And yet, by virtue of his being a white man and the university PR machine, he was given the benefit of the doubt after a VIDEOTAPED RAPE. Obviously it’s bullshit that even the most venerable, well-reputed, well-connected rapist should be able to slide based on reputation, but at least you can grasp the reasoning people use to hang onto their skepticism in those situations. In this situation, he didn’t even have that.

Third, it’s 2018 and people still ask the question “Why don’t women come forward?” when there are women whose RAPES ARE ON VIDEOTAPE who are not only not believed, but whose rapists have their slates cleared and are allowed to build an international profile.

As of this post, the MSU trustee in question is still a trustee on the board, and MSU has not yet been nuked from orbit.

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Please pardon any grammatical mistakes in this post as I’m fucking enraged.

*Edited to add the name George Perles per kafromet’s suggestion.