By Bailey Sparacia
Larry Nassar, former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor, has been accused of abusing over 250 women and young girls over the course of his whole career. Recently, he has been sentenced for 40 to 175 years in prison on top of the 60 years he already has to face for the charges of child pornography. Many well known gymnasts such as Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and Mckayla Maroney have accused Nassar of abusing them.
As a doctor, you are trusted by the many parents who send their children to camps and training for long periods of time to treat their daughters while they are injured. The fact that he has violated that trust and manipulated girls is disturbing enough. The fact that he did it to over 250 women is even worse. Over two hundred and fifty people. Rachael Denhollander and another anonymous gymnast were the first to speak out in 2016.
The scary fact is that many of these girls did not know that they were being abused. Aly Raisman said that, “I didn’t think that I was being molested. I didn’t know. He was a doctor. I never would have thought that a doctor would misuse his power so much.” These girls trusted that what he was doing was in their best interest. His actions caused many girls and families pain and long lasting emotional scars.
In response, Michigan State’s president has resigned and the athletic director is retiring. The gym that used to be used for USA Gymnastics training and olympic training is no longer being used by the organization. The board for USA Gymnastics have all stepped down from their positions. This month, Nassar will be in court in Michigan for three counts of sexual conduct on top of the original 60 years and the 40 to 175 years he was just sentenced too. People are finding their voice to talk about what happened and to make the guilty pay for what they have done to others.