Larry Nassar survivors and Michigan State students are speaking out about taunting banners displayed by a University of Michigan fraternity as the rival schools' football teams faced off this weekend.
The banners read “you can’t touch us @LarryNassar" and "Welcome to the school you didn’t get into."
Olympic gymast Simone Biles took to twitter saying “this is the type of stuff that makes my stomach sick. I hope the school is taking the proper measurements in investigating this."
Grace French, another survivor of the jailed gymstastic's doctor's abuse, told WXYZ: "My first reaction to seeing the banner was why is my abuse suddenly a punch line ... Rape jokes aren’t funny, assaults aren’t funny."
things that are wrong with this joke: a thread pic.twitter.com/giymfVNn09— avery kate (@AveryRalston) November 18, 2019
The Detroit News reports the fraternity, Psi Upsilon, is "pursuing corrective action" with the students involved and "those who failed to intervene." The university tells the paper:
"Members of the campus community also have submitted complaints against the chapter to the Greek Activities Review Panel, which is part of the fraternity and sorority community's self-governance process."
This chapter has since released a statement saying the joke was ill-conceived.
"We recognize our fault and it truly was not our intention to ostracize, trigger memories, or diminish the experiences of survivors of sexual assault in any way. This sign showed insensitivity and lack of judgement.”