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Aly Raisman confronts Larry Nassar in court

Discussion in 'Community Outreach' started by Imamazed, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    Did you all watch this young lady speak in court?

    Two-time Olympian Aly Raisman addresses team doctor Larry Nassar at his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Michigan.

  2. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    Now THIS is a courageous woman!!
  3. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    She sure is spike!
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  4. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    Love these girls for coming forward.
    I hope he rots!! IMO
  5. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    I know! So brave every one of them.
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  6. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Disgraced Olympic doctor Larry Nassar sentenced to up to 175 years in prison
    Jan 24, 2018, 8:47 PM ET

    -- Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison Wednesday.
    -- Nassar apologized to his victims before learning his fate.
    -- A letter Nassar wrote the judge complaining of having to listen to victims was quoted in court.
    -- Victims expressed relief at the sentence but said they won't rest until all enablers are held accountable.
    -- MSU's president has stepped down in the wake of the scandal.

    A Michigan judge sentenced former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar on Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison, calling Nassar's choice to assault scores of girls and women under the pretense that he was treating them was "precise, calculated, manipulative, devious and despicable."

    "I just signed your death warrant," Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said today.

    "It is my honor and privilege to sentence you because, sir, you do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again," Aquilina told Nassar. "You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable."

    Aquilina sentenced Nassar on seven counts of criminal sexual misconduct in the first degree, to which he pleaded guilty to in November.

    Nassar's sentence today is in addition to the 60 years he previously received by pleading guilty to federal charges of child pornography. He is also scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 31 in neighboring Eaton County, Michigan, on three additional charges of criminal sexual misconduct he pleaded guilty to there.

    His punishment today came at the end of a seven-day sentencing hearing, in which 156 women and girls gave victim impact statements in court or had them read on their behalf. Among those who faced Nassar in court were Olympic gymnastic stars Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Jamie Dantzscher.

    More: http://abcnews.go.com/US/disgraced-olympic-doctor-larry-nassar-sentenced-40-175/story?id=52577459


    I highly recommend viewing the video at the link, where the judge reads Nassar's "apology" letter. He has no remorse.
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  7. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    I saw that Uno2Much! I know the girls have to feel good about this and I hope they do continue to call out the enablers! I am so proud of these girls and they are all so very brave for coming forward!

    Can you imagine this guy complaining about having to listen to the girls in court? Unbelievable!
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  8. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    I know it had to be difficult for them. He talked like he was the victim. The mark of a true sociopath. They have no empathy or sympathy for anyone else; they always perceive themselves as the victim. I'm so glad they've heard the last from him.
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  9. spike

    spike Bronze Member

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  10. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    I really liked that judge. We need more like her, who don't sympathize with the abuser.
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  11. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    So ver true, Uno!
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  12. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

  13. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member


    'I was molested by Dr Larry Nassar': how the gymnastics sexual abuse scandal unfolded

    t began 16 months ago, before Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo and the tipping point of the US’s national reckoning with sexual assault, with an unsolicited email to the Indianapolis Star, which that morning had published a five-month investigation into the mishandling of sexual abuse allegations by the national governing body of gymnastics.

    It read: “I recently read the article titled ‘Out of Balance’ published by the IndyStar. My experience may not be relevant to your investigation, but I am emailing to report an incident that may be. I was not molested by my coach, but I was molested by Dr Larry Nassar, the team doctor for USAG. I was 15 years old, and it was under the guise of medical treatment for my back.”

    There was no way Rachael Denhollander could have known that that string of words would, in time, unravel the biggest sexual abuse scandal in sports history, one whose effects will resonate for years to come.

    How easily they could have been swept aside – like so many other reports of Nassar’s molestation under the guise of medical treatment were dismissed, disbelieved or ignored by coaches, administrators, counselors, police and university-employed trainers between 1997 and 2016. Clicking send, as she later put it, was “a shot in the dark”.
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  14. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    I'm so glad Rachael found someone who listened, responded and made this public!
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  15. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    This is so horrible what those girls went through and go through now as women because of the abuse they endured! :rant:

    US gymnasts tell AP sport rife with verbal, emotional abuse
    By MITCH WEISS and HOLBROOK MOHR, Associated Press | on February 24, 2018

    They were little girls with dreams of Olympic gold when they started in gymnastics. Now they're women with lifelong injuries, suffocating anxiety and debilitating eating disorders.

    They are the other victims of USA Gymnastics.

    Thirteen former U.S. gymnasts and three coaches interviewed by The Associated Press described a win-at-all-cost culture rife with verbal and emotional abuse in which girls were forced to train on broken bones and other injuries. That culture was tacitly endorsed by the sport's governing body and institutionalized by Bela and Martha Karolyi, the husband-and-wife duo who coached America's top female gymnasts for three decades.

    The gymnasts agreed to speak to AP, some for the first time, after the recent courtroom revelations about USA Gymnastics' former team doctor, Larry Nassar, who recently was sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting young athletes for years under the guise of medical treatment.

    The Karolyis' oppressive style created a toxic environment in which a predator like Nassar was able to thrive, according to witness statements in Nassar's criminal case and a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics, the Karolyis and others. Girls were afraid to challenge authority, Nassar was able to prey on vulnerable girls and, at the same time, he didn't challenge the couple's harsh training methods.

    "He was their little puppet," Jeanette Antolin, a former member of the U.S. national team who trained with the Karolyis, said. "He let us train on injuries. They got what they wanted. He got what he wanted."

    Young girls were virtually starved, constantly body shamed and forced to train with broken bones or other injuries, according to interviews and the lawsuit. Their meager diets and extreme training often delayed puberty, which some coaches believed was such a detriment that they ridiculed girls who started their menstrual cycles.

    Read more: https://m.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/US-gymnasts-say-sport-rife-with-verbal-and-12704387.php
  16. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    'Larry Was a Monster.' Gymnast McKayla Maroney Speaks for the First Time About Sexual Abuse by Team Doctor

    Olympic champion McKayla Maroney is speaking publicly for the first time about the sexual abuse she experienced by gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

    “We know Larry was a monster,” she said at a luncheon for the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), in an on-stage discussion with the group’s executive director Mary Pulido. “I never should have met him.”

    Raisman and Wieber appeared at Nassar’s sentencing hearing in January to make victim impact statements, and Maroney submitted a written statement as well. While Nassar is currently serving 175 years in prison on state and federal charges of criminal sexual behavior; the president of USAG and USOC at the time have resigned; and USAG no longer holds training sessions at the Karolyi ranch, Maroney and her Fierce Five teammates say more needs to be done to ensure that the culture of ignoring and not acting on complaints of sexual abuse, not just by a national team doctor but by any adult working with gymnasts in any gym, is changed. “We can’t have blind faith in institutions any more,” she said, calling on USA Gymnastics to “completely rebuild and start over” in order to ensure the safety of gymnasts.

    Read more: http://time.com/5243688/mckayla-maroney-larry-nassar-gymnastics/
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  17. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    These girls are so brave! I am so proud of them for coming forward and speaking out!
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    kdg411 Well-Known Member

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