#MeToo - Simone Biles Says Larry Nassar Sexually Assaulted Her Too
- Author: Leroy Wright Jan 17, 2018,
Jan 17, 2018, 22:42
"It's horrifying that MSU and USA Gymnastics are not stepping up to the plate to admit their wrongdoing", Olivia Cowan, another victim of Nassar, told the court. Nassar pled guilty in November 2017. As the national governing body of gymnastics in America, USA Gymnastics is responsible for selecting the national team and training young, promising athletes. Biles eventually posted a lengthy declaration on social media. Raisman says she suffered abuse after that date.
Judge Neff said that her sentence was based on the grave danger and threat that Nassar poses to children.
Scores of women say they were abused by a respected man and then pressured into silence by powerful institutions.
The physician, who also worked at Michigan State University, has admitted sexually assaulting gymnasts, possessing child pornography and molesting girls who sought medical treatment.
A family friend was the first victim on the stand. So far, 125 girls and women have filed reports against Nassar with campus police. The sentencing trial is expected to run through Friday.
Unfortunately, many have speculated that former Olympian McKayla Maroney would not be in attendance due to a 2016 lawsuit she settled against USA Gymnastics. This agreement resolves all the charged and uncharged conduct for more than 125 cases now under investigation by the Michigan Attorney General's office'.
Raisman tweeted Monday that she would not be attending Nassar's sentencing because it is "too traumatic". As NBC News reports, almost 100 girls and women are expected to give statements against Nassar today in court. I support the fearless survivors. "I just can't get over the fact that someone I don't personally know is sticking up for me, let alone a strong woman that I've looked up to for years!" Four athletes told ESPN they had reported Nassar's abuse to Michigan State in the late 1990s, while Nassar continued to see patients at MSU for 16 months after a criminal investigation into his actions was launched in July 2014.
Some spoke amid tears; others were coldly angry about their treatment by Nassar and the impact on their lives.