Tackling Institutionalized Abuse: The Ripple Effect of Larry Nassar’s Crimes

Water ripple effect depicting ackling institutionalized abuse

“I will not rest until every last trace of the influence you had on this sport has been destroyed like the cancer it is.”

These are the words of Aly Raisman. She is now a doubly famous Olympic Gold gymnast who has courageously used her Olympic fame as a platform to speak for all the girls and women who were systematically abused at the hands of former sports injury Doctor Larry Nassar.

Raisman is speaking about institutionalized abuse of women and girls.

As reported by the Guardian, Aly is on a mission to lay blame where blame is due. If Larry Nassar was enabled to molest girls over such a long span of years, even after allegations were made against him, his crimes had to have been covered up by other adults.

We are still learning the sickening reality of it all.

The question remains, who else will be charged? Furthermore, if one man’s crimes could be covered up so well, then a culture of abuse had to have been present.

We have seen officials resigning. We have seen coaches being blacklisted by USA Gymnastics. However, so far we haven’t seen anyone else being charged with Nassar’s same crimes.

Tackling Institutionalized Abuse

However, now, we are. Former dean of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine William Strampel, age 70 has been arraigned. The charges are criminal sexual conduct in East Lansing. According to charges issued, Strampel faces:

  • One count of misconduct of a public official, a felony punishable by 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine;
  • One count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a high court misdemeanor punishable by two years and/or a $500 fine;
  • Two counts of willful neglect of duty, a misdemeanor punishable by one year and/or a $1,000 fine.

Strampel was Nassar’s overseer at MSU in his almost 20-year career there. Now there is an affidavit that has been issued in support of Strampel’s charges. There are four victims, female medical students, who have testified to various forms of harassment.

Allegations include things like telling a female student to turn around so he could observe her body, grabbing the buttocks of female students, and telling one to be submissive and subordinate to men. On his office computer were found various pornographic imagines. Additionally, there was a video of Nassar performing a “treatment” on a young patient.

Not only did Strampel violate MSU’s Acceptable Use Policy. He “abused the authority of his public office to solicit, receive, and possess pornography images of women who appear to be MSU students.”

In addition, Strampel put Nassar back to work after a Title IX complaint made in 2014 and he covered up Nassar’s abuse by not telling his colleagues.


The conclusion won’t be surprising to anyone. The abuse of girls and women happened and was allowed to continue because it benefitted others like William Strampel.

Lastly, let’s hope Aly Raisman stays true to her quest to root out systematic institutionalized abuse that allowed abuse like Nassar’s and Strampel’s to go on. Otherwise, it’s just going to happen again.