Michigan State's Interim President Doesn't Much Care For The Survivors Of Sexual Abuse That Make His Job More Difficult
DetroitNews- John Engler said the next president will have many challenges but work has been done so that person can come in and look ahead.
But he acknowledged it's been a tough time, "very emotional."
"You’ve got people, they are hanging on and this has been … there are a lot of people who are touched by this, survivors who haven’t been in the spotlight," Engler said. "In some ways they have been able to deal with this better than the ones who’ve been in the spotlight who are still enjoying that moment at times, you know, the awards and recognition. And it’s ending. It’s almost done.”
In fairness, the process of picking favorites is one that is innate to the human condition. I personally don't think it's one that should be employed amongst sexual assault victims, as humans shouldn't be conditioned to forget about multiple decades of gross negligence that allowed for some creepy old bastard to inappropriately put his paws all over hundreds of innocent, underage women. Still, for someone in the position of Michigan State's interim President, I can't pretend I don't understand why he might prefer those whose eternal silence could be bought.
Now, why he chose to go about saying so out loud into a microphone, as if getting "recognition" for being sexually abused isn't basically the same thing as spreading awareness in hopes of preventing the same damn disturbing thing from happening again in the future, I can't quite wrap my head around. It's not really a secret that Michigan State would rather society have a short memory, as it tends to do nowadays, thus bringing an "ending" to the PR nightmare that is Larry Nassar's tenure. However, seeing as it's an actual (and reoccurring) nightmare for so many young women who were made uncomfortable in coming forward by a mindset similar to the one required to think that something so traumatizing could be "almost done" in the time it takes to graduate from a Community College, maybe it's better left unsaid.
I don't know, I'm not exactly fit to run a university for any period of time without it turning into a Van Wilder production, but I'd think it might behoove someone who theoretically is to avoid publicly calling out victims for "enjoying" the spoils of surviving sexual assault. Especially if what he's most interested in is the story (of which he's actively made himself a villainous part of) going away.