Crime, Featured Stories, National, News, Politics, Top Stories — February 14, 2018 at 12:10 am

Nassar Trial Aftermath Starts Wave of Legislation in Michigan

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Larry Nassar during his trial.

Michigan lawmakers have begun a flurry of legislation in the wake of Larry Nassar’s trial conclusion. Both Republicans and Democrats have introduced bills addressing sexual assault, particularly on college campuses. Republican legislation centered on adding athletic trainers and coaches to the list of mandatory reporters of any sexual assaults. Additionally, their legislation explicitly prohibits anyone in authority from preventing the reporting of abuse. House Democrats announced a bill requiring health facilities to advise minors of their right to have a trusted adult or guardian present during exams. The bill would also require sexual assault complaints to be investigated within 48 hours.¬†Another proposal would create a Michigan State Title IX ombudsman, a position dedicated to listening to and supporting victims who may feel threatened if they were to report an assault.

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