If there were Olympic medals for court testimony, Aly Raisman might have just won gold.
As evidence of this, consider that some of the most successful athletes of a generation have revealed sexual abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar, the doctor accused of assaulting more than 140 women over decades of involvement with USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.
Olympic gold medal victor Ally Raisman delivered a powerful victim impact statement Friday about the abuse she suffered at the hands of USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.
Then It was Raisman who addressed the court with her impact statement and she took Nassar to task for his years of sexual abuse. At least 85 victims have spoken and more have signed up to speak on Monday when the session is to resume, officials said.
"Spending 4 or 5 days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you've had at their expense and ruining their lives", Judge Rose Marie Aquilina told Nassar.
Raisman faced Nassar, who pleaded guilty in November to sexually assaulting 10 girls under the guise of medical treatment.
Nassar will go to prison, probably for the rest of his life.
"Treatments by you were mandatory, you took advantage of that", she said. And in her testimony, she admonished the USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee.
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"I regained my strength, I'm no longer a victim, I'm a survivor". "We need an independent investigation of exactly what happened". Well, you know what, Larry? She literally scoffed after reading this part, and for that, we love her.
"Because of him, I can not be touched without a panic being driven", said Hannah Morrow. "Both whom I thought were supposed to be on MY side".
The list includes his one-time family babysitter and athletes in several women's sports programmes at Michigan State University, where Nassar worked.
The disgraced doctor has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges. That's a woman who dedicated over 40 years - and I've been here 33 with her - and I think I know what she stands for.
Kerry Perry, the USAG president put out a statement this week saying she came to Nassar's trial to hear victims speak and that 'their powerful voices leave an indelible impact on me and will impact my decisions as President and CEO every day'. "If you want to lose your license. get into a sexual relationship with one of your clients". He went out of his way to help me with my knee. "I don't want to shower", Amy Labadie said in court yesterday.
Many of them say they were abused by Nassar at Karolyi Ranch, a gymnastics center in Texas owned by Bela and Marta Karolyi, former US Olympic head coaches. Where is the transparency?
Izzo was asked about the board's decision after the No. 9 Spartans defeated IN, 85-57, at the Breslin Center Friday night, after local and national media outlets, members of the student body, general public and state legislators called for Simon's resignation.