Victims' advocates worry about gag order

Posted at 7:03 AM, Mar 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-30 08:23:10-04

Judge Rosemarie Aquilinia signed an order in Ingham County Circuit Court Wednesday.

The judge's order limits what attorneys and witnesses can say about Nassar, facing multiple sexual assault charges at the federal and state level, and has left many in the community bewildered.

One person says I don't like that it is restricting the victims.

Another says it is absolutely ridiculous that the judge signed that order.

Groups that advocate for victims of sexual assaults say it only creates more problems.

Erin Roberts, Executive Director of End Violent Encounters, says she worries that it is a continuation of the vacuum of silence around victims and survivors.

Tashmica Torok, Executive Director of the Firecracker Foundation, agrees.

"Not being able to use certain words around your story ... and to have someone shut that down is really difficult," Torok said.

Attorney Mick Grewall, who represents some of the women suing Nassar, released a statement:

"I respectfully disagree to Judge Rosemarie Aquilina. However, I am trying to understand the boundaries because they are vague and broad. A gag orders has to be specific. I believe this order violates the due process rights of all the plaintiffs of Judge Quist in Federal Court.