These past weeks over 150 women gave impact statements in court against their abuser Dr. Larry Nassar. Among the women who Nassar abused when they were minors were Olympians Aly Raisman, Simone Biles and McKayla Maroney.
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced Nassar to 40 to 175 years in prison. This is on top of this sentencing Nassar was already sentenced to 60 years by a federal court for possession of child pornography. Nassar would assault minors under the guise of medical treatment.
Nassar was an associate professor at Michigan State University until 2016 and was a team doctor for USA Gymnastics until 2015. He was the USA Gymnastic Olympic team doctor for four summer Olympics.
During Raisman’s powerful impact statement, she called out USA Gymnastics and the USA Olympic Committee for protecting Nassar for all these years. Raisman also claimed that USA Gymnastics was “rotting from the inside” and asked for a private investigation of the organization. Raisman is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time Olympic silver medalist and bronze Olympic medalist.
Raisman wasn’t the only survivor to call out USA Gymnastics and the Olympic Committee for protecting Nassar. Multiple women also commented on how MSU played in protecting the serial child molester.
Most of the gymnasts who spoke during the trials also accused Nassar of not actually doing his job, treating them for their injuries, because he was too busy molesting them. Former gymnast Isabell Hutchins said that she saw Nassar for her acute leg pain, instead of treating her leg he would give her massages and molest her. She continued to practice and competed at National with a broken leg.
“For over a month I practiced, competed and made it to Nationals on a broken leg because Larry Nassar said there was nothing wrong,” Hutchins said in court.
Nassar’s first victim, Kyle Stephens, is the only known survivor who wasn’t a gymnast or athlete. Nassar was a family friend and started exposing his penis to her when she was just five-years-old. He started molesting her when she 6. At 12 she told her parents, who didn’t believe her. Stephens claimed that her dad committed suicide in 2016 over the guilt of not believing Nassar’s abuse.
Donna Markham spoke on behalf of her daughter Chelsey about her abuse, which happened when she was 12. She committed suicide at 23 because of the abuse that Nassar caused.
Almost every survivor said that Nassar brainwashed them and gained their trust before molesting them. He would typically vaginally penetrate them with ungloved fingers during claiming it would help their injuries. Many women claimed Nassar even molested them with other adults in the room on occasion their parents would be present.
“It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. Because sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again,” Judge Aquilina said when sentencing Nassar. “I just signed your death warrant.”