(HEADLINE HEALTH) There’s one good thing we can say about Dr. Larry Nassar. He’s unlikely to ever set foot outside a federal prison again …
Dr. Larry Nassar epitomizes serial sex abusers. He skillfully selected young victims whom he could influence not to reveal his perversions and his crimes. He manipulated their parents, his supervisors, and other adults to trust him and dismiss the questions and concerns of his child victims, some as young as six years old.
Nassar presented his abusive sexual contact with his victims as counseling, medical care, instruction, therapy, or some other legitimate interaction.
His methods are reminiscent of those of disgraced Roman Catholic priest and prep school theology professor Carlos Urrutigoity, who reportedly gave one of his schoolboy victims a suppository and insisted that the student drop his trousers and insert it in the priest’s presence in order to overcome false modesty, and who solicited boys to sleep with him under the guise of spiritual formation.
Larry Nassar’s case is a clarion call for victims to speak out, and for parents and authorities to take reports of abuse seriously. Details of his sentencing yesterday in Lansing, Michigan appear below.
Sending Larry Nassar to prison is just the beginning for survivors
(CNN) It started with one woman. Then it became dozens.
By the time Larry Nassar was sentenced on Wednesday for criminal sexual conduct, 156 people had appeared in a Michigan courtroom to share stories of sexual assault at the disgraced doctor’s hands.
Now, as the former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor faces a prison sentence of up to 175 years [to be served at the conclusion of his 60-year federal sentence], some survivors said they feel vindicated — but that their fight isn’t over yet. Through Nassar’s prosecution, they say, they have found their voices and they intend to keep using them.
In a news conference after the sentencing, they repeated calls for accountability for the people and institutions that “fed” Nassar his victims, as survivor Kaylee Lorincz described it.
But the problem is bigger than Nassar, they said. And it extends beyond the sports world.
“Larry is sentenced, but there’s still so much more work to to do,” survivor Lindsey Lenke said. “We’re not going to heal all the way until we know exactly who knew what, when, and how they’re going to fix it.”
When she testified on day one, Kyle Stephens said a mood of fear and apprehension was palpable in the courtroom. As more people stepped up to the podium to read victim impact statements, she said the tone shifted.
“You could really feel the momentum in the courtroom begin to pick up,” she said.
The women who formed a sisterhood through Nassar’s prosecution are now focused on accountability for those connected to him, Stephens said. She linked what they’re doing to broader efforts to stem sexual violence as part of the #MeToo movement.
“I’m really proud that we were able to start something that I think has snowballed and grown outside the courtroom,” said Stephens. “But the army is not limited to Larry Nassar’s victims.” Read the full story at CNN.
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