Here is what bothers me about this settlement:
1. MSU is a public, taxpayer subsidized institution, not a person capable of a coverup or a crime. The persons responsible for these alleged coverups, if any (there have been no arrests), are not being punished by this settlement -- students and taxpayers are.
2. How is MSU more responsible than the silent victims and those close to the victims (i.e. parents) who observed these crimes over the years and did not report them? Shouldn't they be sued, as well? Also, why are these victims coming forward now?
3. $500 million is not enough money to properly compensate the injustices these women have endured. This, I agree with. I would even argue that there is no amount of money that will compensate these women for injustices they have endured. So why are we acting like turning sexual assault victims into millionaires will make everything "all right"? How has "justice" been served by holding an entire public institution and those who sustain it accountable for the actions of a few individuals within that institution?
This is all about money, not justice. It punishes no one who was actually connected to this crime. What's worse is that it fills the pockets of lawyers as much as it does the pockets of actual victims. It encourages future settlements like this one, where the criminal pays nothing and the innocents pay all. Those of you believe anything other than this, and who think that MSU should pay this and more, might want to consider the implications. It's MSU now, but it could be your place of business tomorrow, or your church, or your local police department, etc..
There are hundreds of victims of sexual assault per DAY. Is it the general consensus that the public should bear the burden of punitive damages on behalf of the criminals who commit these acts? Would you like the Federal Government to provide damages to the victims of sexual assault? I can tell you that awarding $1 million + to every victim of sexual assault in the United States will quickly bankrupt us.
P.S. Please don't waste my time telling me how it's "not" going to come from taxpayer funds. Michigan State is funded by taxpayers, students, and donors. Even funds from insurance companies come from "somewhere". In any case, the money is coming from the bank accounts of people who are completely innocent of this crime, and that is a REAL problem.