sexual abuse

Coat of arms of David Walkowiak

In response to this week’s grand jury report released by Pennsylvania officials identifying more than 300 "predator priests" who molested children in six dioceses, the Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Bishop issued a letter addressing abuse by members of the Catholic clergy.

Diocese of Grand Rapids Bishop, Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, penned a letter that begins with prayers for “the survivors of sexual abuse.”

Marisa Kwiatkowski

Mar 26, 2018

We talk with GVSU's Jeff Kelly Lowenstein and Marisa Kwiatkowski, one of the Indianapolis Star reporters who broke the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal, speaking to a GVSU audience tonight.

Larry Nassar, the sports doctor who was convicted for molesting 190 girls and women earlier this month has been making headlines nationally. Katie Strang is the managing editor of The Athletic, a sports news publication in Michigan. Her coverage of the Nassar’s trial stood out in that it centered the stories of the women who spoke out and stood up to the doctor who abused so many. WGVU’s Mariano Avila talked to Katie Strang about her coverage.  A warning, accounts of abuse described here may be disturbing. 


“When you read that there were 190 women sexually abused, that’s a number. It is something entirely different to see a young girl with bangs and braces, and someone that fiddles with their necklace and has tears rolling down her cheeks, and is shaking reading her letter.”

Katie Strang is the managing editor at the sports news site “The” She tells me that when Larry Nassar’s trial began, she dropped everything to tell the story from the survivor’s point of view, starting with Rachael DenHollander, the first woman to come forward.


The #MeToo movement sparking a national dialogue about sexual abuse of women has lead to FRONTLINE updating its 2015 documentary "Rape on the Night Shift."

WGVU talks with Andres Cediel who is a producer for FRONTLINE and with the investigative reporting program at U.C. Berkeley about sexual abuse of janitor immigrant women.

A former youth pastor who admitted to sexually abusing a young boy in western Michigan a decade ago has been sentenced to 3 1/2 to 15 years in prison. WOOD-TV reports 31-year-old Daniel Hoffman learned his punishment on Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court. He earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Authorities say Hoffman was being treated at a hospital for mental health issues last year when he told a nurse about the abuse.

Former youth pastor enters plea in decade-old abuse case

Aug 15, 2017

A former youth pastor has admitted to sexually abusing a young boy in western Michigan a decade ago. 31-year-old Daniel Hoffman pleaded guilty last week to two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He's jailed without bond ahead of sentencing, which is scheduled for Sept. 11. Authorities say Hoffman was being treated at a hospital for mental health issues last year when he told a nurse about the abuse. 

Daniel Boothe

Law firm Drew, Cooper and Anding in Grand Rapids have filed a civil lawsuit in Federal Court accusing Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics of ignoring years of sexual abuse by longtime sports physician Dr. Larry Nassar as more and more women are coming forward claiming abuse. Currently, there are 18 women named as victims in the lawsuit, and that number may rise. 

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A man who taught journalism at Central Michigan University has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and also admitted that he sexually abused a child three times a week between 1995 and 2002.

Mark Ranzenberger pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Bay City. He faces many years in prison.

In a plea agreement filed in court, he admits sexually abusing a child.

The investigation began when pornographic images were mistakenly displayed in class with Ranzenberger's computer. He was accused of possessing 1,000 images of child porn.

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A lawsuit by 10 women says they were coerced into having sex while they were inmates at a jail in southwestern Michigan.

The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reports the federal lawsuit this month names Berrien County and four current or former sheriff's deputies who worked at the jail.

The women say money and other benefits were traded for sex from 2008-2015.

The women say their constitutional rights to fair and equal treatment were violated. They're seeking compensatory damages.