Many of the 100+ women coming forward to condemn sexual abuser Larry Nassar claim that his actions were aided and abetted by staff members at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics. When asked by New Day‘s Poppy Harlow what should happen to the people who did not help bring Nassar to justice, survivors Lindsey Lemke and Kyle Stephens were unwavering in their condemnation.
“I think [MSU and USAG] should clean house,” Lemke said. “They don’t care. They would rather cover up their reputation than try to help us, and it hurts and it’s really sad for us.”
“There’s people who need to be held accountable for their actions,” Stephens added. “Whether that’s in a civil lawsuit or in criminal court, something needs to happen.”
Stephens also censured these organizations for their lack of transparency.
“Who’s Larry Nassar’s boss?” she said. “In 2014, [Nassar] was supposed to have restrictions and those never got enforced. It doesn’t take very long to figure out where that broke down, but we’ve never heard of it and it’s been a year and a half.”
Harlow asked the women what should be done moving forward to prevent this type of serial sexual abuse from happening, to which Lemke responded that young women and girls need to be taken at their word when they say they are being treated inappropriately.
“We need to change the way that people respond to children when they cry for help,” she said. People take advantage of little kids because they think that, you know, we’re not smart enough to understand what’s happening, and… we must be mistaken.”
“When a child comes to you and they need help, just help them,” Lemke added.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this post misidentified the CNN anchor who conducted the interview. She is Poppy Harlow, not Alisyn Camerota.
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