Andrea Munford Awarded for her work in the sexual assault case against Dr. Larry Nasser

May, 04, 2020

Andrea Munford has been awarded the Professional Impact Award by End Violence Against Women International for her work in the case against Larry Nasser.

Andrea Munford is a proud member of a large group of women who brought Dr. Larry Nasser to justice.   She is a detective sergeant in the Michigan State University Police Department who, just a few years ago, was fielding dozens of calls from young women speaking out against Larry Nasser for sexual abusing them when they were children.  These calls eventually turned into 169 voices speaking against Dr. Nasser in court – holding him accountable for his comprehensive behavior – and eventually helping to hold Michigan State University (MSU) accountable for ignoring it.  Ms. Munford went on to serve as a special advisor to the new president of MSU on issues related to relationship violence and sexual misconduct as MSU grappled with how to better protect women on its campus.

Dr. Nasser was a USA Gymnastics national team doctor and osteopathic physician at Michigan State University.  He’s was accused of molesting at least 250 young women and girls dating back as far as 1992.  In July, he was sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges and in January, 2018 he was sentenced to an additional 175 years after he pled guilty to seven counts of sexual assault of minors.

Michigan State was eventually fined $4.5 million for “complete failure” to protect students from Dr. Nasser by the Department of Education. This was seen by many as a “slap on the wrist” for MSU as the allegations suggest MSU knowingly allowed little girls to be molested for more than 20 years.