Thursday, January 25, 2018

My Two Cents Worth

Enough has been written and reported on the scandal at Michigan State University about Larry Nassar that I am not going to comment on that specifically.  If you are unaware of it, you may read it here.

What I am going to comment on is why no one listened to these young women.  And especially their parents.  When I heard the testimony of a young girl who went to her parents and they believed the doctor over their own daughter, I was sick.  And, yes, I know that it happens.

When my mother was a young teen in the 1930's, her sister, who was her legal guardian, took her to a doctor for an upper respiratory infection.  The doctor did a pelvic exam and when my mother complained to her sister about it, she was told not to lie.  My mother told my sister and I repeatedly not to let anyone take advantage of us in that way.

Why do parents not listen to their children?  Why do teachers not listen to their students?  In high school, my friends and I went to great lengths to get the principal to listen to us when we complained that our physics teacher was discriminating against the girls in the class.  Boys got A's, girls got C's.  We all banded together and wrote the same papers.  When the grades came back we had our proof.  It wasn't easy, but he was eventually let go at the end of the term.  And that was just grades, not even anything like sexual abuse.

Adults all seem to think they know it all and that children lie.  Some do.  But just taking the word of the adult and dismissing the child is very wrong, IMO.  Twenty years of abuse and hundreds of young women.  There are many more folks than just the doctor who should be hanging their heads.


  1. Well said, Denise. And how clever of you to rig that those papers! I'm impressed.

  2. I also concur. It is a fact adults do not always believe kids. I don't really understand why.

  3. I agree. Just today I was reading the long letter from one of the girls to the judge and the fact that nothing was done and if someone would of listened, maybe when she started to see Nassar, in 2000 it would of never altered her life the way it did. Just a crying SHAME and I believe, those who were told and those who never reported it, should be prosecuted.

    1. He still insists his treatments were legit. Lots of lawsuits in the future.

  4. I agree with your post 100%. And well done for helping your fellow students band together.Alana

  5. I think many people just can't accept that someone in authority - a priest, a teacher, a doctor - would abuse their position. Denial is powerful, and sometimes tragic.

  6. A very sad situation... Your questions have no answer.. people are like that only irrespective of geographic locations :-(


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