EAST LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) - The Larry Nassar fallout is now stretching further into Michigan State and into its athletics programs.
MSU students took to the streets Friday in the wake of the Nassar the news continues to develop and hundreds shows up to express their support.
Yes. Michigan State is under the microscope. Yes. The school’s president and athletic director have resigned. But no. That is not scraping the bottom of the pot.
An explosive ESPN investigation alleged that there might be a "culture of sexual assault." covered up in some of the schools most prestigious sports programs.
"Valid and critical questions," said Lorenzo Santavicca, MSU student body president.
Valid and critical questions about why, knowing for years there were allegations of sexual misconduct against sports doctor Larry Nassar at MSU and elsewhere nothing was done until now.
"Whether you are a victim or not of Larry Nassar your story matters," said Lindsey Lemke.
Lemke was one of more than 150 survivors who spoke against Nassar in court. New accusations by ESPN have surfaced about a culture of sexual assault in the MSU men’s basketball and football programs is unacceptable to her.
"You deserve to be heard," she said. "And clearly at Michigan State that hasn't been the priority for the past 20 years."
"Student leaders have been waving their hands in the air over the years since 2011 when the Office of Civil Rights investigated the institution and said you have a challenge in how you handle sexual assault." said Santavicca. "So yes this institution has had a systemic issue in handling sexual assault and it ends now."
The characterization of a sexual assault culture coming from ESPN's Outside the Lines which found "Even MSU's most-recognizable figures, football Coach Mark Dantonio and basketball Coach Tom Izzo, have had incidents involving their programs"
Gretchen Whitmer a former state legislator, now running for governor says it starts at the top.
"I know there are efforts afoot at the state capital in the governor's office and in the legislature to remove trustees and frankly so many women were in danger because no one was looking out for them."
But from the bottom, the MSU students want change.
One of the most egregious allegations was that an assistant coach was criminally charged for punching a female MSU student in the face, was allowed to keep coaching and then accused of sexual assault.