Judge's Comments to Nassar Were 'Pathetic and Disgusting'

28 January, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Christina Harvey
  • Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina reads a portion of a letter from Larry Nassar a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges during his sentencing hearing in Lansing Michigan U.S. January 24

Longtime USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting and abusing more than 160 young female athletes, including Olympic gold medalists, under the guise of providing medical treatment.

Then, Friday night, USA Gymnastics released a one-sentence statement that clearly stated that "USA Gymnastics will comply with the USOC requirements". The Department of Education will also investigate Michigan State University. Last March, also under pressure from the USOC, Steve Penny resigned as chief executive of USA Gymnastics.

Even though Nassar's sentencing is done, Raisman said that the work of the "army of survivors" is not, calling out USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University and the U.S. Olympic Committee as groups that need to be subject to more scrutiny.

The entire board of directors of the USA's Olympic gymnastics board have resigned as of Friday over the decades-long sexual abuse by the team's former doctor.

Almost 160 of his victims have come forward with accusations against Nassar, who served the organization until 2016, saying that he assaulted them under the guise of medical treatment.




"Larry Nassar was cleared to practice again under new guidelines that weren't actually enforced", said Thomashow. "If it did, I have to say, I might allow what he did to all of these lovely souls - these young women in their childhood - I would allow someone or many people to do to him what he did to others". She sent a letter to the Board of Trustees which Michigan State has posted online.

Raisman also calls out the USAG's complicity in Nassar's abuse. Your leadership, your professionalism, your compassion, and your commitment to allow each and EVERY ONE of us survivors the opportunity to share our impact statements in open court was extremely important and meaningful. "We must take further action to ensure that it can not happen again".

"We understand that the requirements imposed by the letter will help us enhance our ability to build a culture of empowerment throughout the organization, with an increased focus on athlete safety and well-being".

"As an alumni of Michigan State University, I am disgusted to my core that this man was able to harm so many under their responsibility", she said, according to The Lansing State Journal. In a federal lawsuit victims allege neglect and other charges, describing multiple occasions in which they reported abuse as early as 1997.

"Because I care", Mr Hollis said, holding back tears.

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