Backlash Is Fierce for Michigan State President, Who Said Abuse Survivors Are ‘Enjoying’ the ‘Spotlight’ – The Chronicle of Higher Education

JANUARY 12, 2019

John M. Engler, the interim president of Michigan State University, is under fire for saying in an interview on Friday that sexual-abuse survivors are “enjoying” the “spotlight” that they’ve drawn since they went public with stories of being sexually assaulted by a former sports doctor at the university.

“There are a lot of people who are touched by this, survivors who haven’t been in the spotlight,” Engler, a former Republican governor, told The Detroit News’s editorial board. “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.”

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