Wednesday, January 17, 2018
One after one, gymnasts and other victims of a disgraced former sports doctor stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma Larry Nassar inflicted on them as children – one with the warning that “little girls don’t stay little forever.”
Nearly 100 women and girls planned to speak or have their statements read during an extraordinary four-day sentencing hearing.
Many of them cried as they told their stories. Some requested that their identities not be made public. The judge consoled the victims and said they should not blame themselves.
Nassar has pleaded guilty to molesting females with his hands at his Michigan State University office, his home and a Lansing-area gymnastics club, often while their parents were in the room. He also worked for Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.
Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who is expected to order a sentence Friday, said the system had failed the victims.
Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman have said they, too, were victims.