MSU Exhibit Opens Tuesday, Sharing Abuse Survivor Stories

Apr 15, 2019

The Michigan State University Museum is staging an exhibit created in collaboration with the sexual assault victims of now-imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

"Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak" opens Tuesday. The exhibit incorporates and is inspired by teal ribbons that were tied to trees around campus as a reminder of the survivors.

The display also includes a wall of 505 tiles honoring the known victims of Nassar. There's also a detailed timeline extending through the exhibition covering three decades of abuse.

Grace French is with the Army of Survivors. She said one of the goals is community education about how to look for sexual abuse.

“Make sure you are alerting somebody when you see signs of abuse and trauma and then be an advocate," said French. "So insist that your communities and institutions be accountable and protect all people."

French also said anyone who has experienced sexual assault may know there is support after seeing the exhibit. 

“So going to this exhibit and seeing what we went through should help hopefully to make them feel like they have an army standing behind them," said French.

Nassar was sentenced to decades in prison after hundreds of girls and women said he sexually molested them under the guise that it was medical treatment.

His crimes encompassed his time working for Michigan State and Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

The exhibit runs through March 2020.