The Courts May Be Closed—But for Sexual Abuse Victims, the Wheels of Justice Are Still Turning

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Michelle Simpson Tuegel has represented sexual abuse survivors in high-profile cases such as the Larry Nassar litigation against Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee; sexual assault survivors at the University of Southern California; and clergy abuse survivors connected with the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report and nationwide.

At this moment, the world doesn’t feel like it’s working the way it’s supposed to. But for sexual abuse survivors, that’s a feeling they’re already familiar with.

Intimate relationships are supposed to be intertwined with love and trust—not violation. When you tell the story of what happened to you, listeners are supposed to be supportive—not skeptical. When you seek justice against a criminal, you should believe that the system is easing your path—not creating a new struggle.

Sexual abuse survivors have…

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