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Old 01-19-2018, 10:54 AM
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I'm surprised there hasn't been a thread about this yet but it's huge news, especially where I live since Larry Nasser was a Michigan State University doctor and USA Gymnastics coach who was apparently abusing many underaged gymnasts such as Aly Raisman, Mckayla Maroney, Simone Biles, etc. I remember reading somewhere that he has been accused of abusing over 140 girls in his career. It's ******* sickening hearing the things the accusers have mentioned in their testimony but I'm glad this piece of **** is getting exposed. It's getting tons of air time here in MI since he was able to surround himself with a team of enablers who justified his abuse stating it was "medically necessary" or simply did not report it due to fear of reprisal.

In one case a girl who was being abused told her parents about it but they were assured all the treatment was medically necessary by MSU doctors so they brushed it off. When the truth came out, it was so difficult for the father of the girl to live with the fact that inadvertently allowed it to happen that he committed suicide.

Michigan State University has repeatedly dropped the ball on this and there are some big names at the university who are under heavy fire to, at least, resign and, at worst, serve jail time. It's going all the way up to the athletic director and president and it's coming to light that there was a massive cover-up that had taken place allowing Larry Nasser to commit these atrocious acts of abuse. Not only is it being reported that MSU was complicit in covering up the abuse, it's come to light that USA Gymnastics knew about the abuse and decided to pay the gymnasts accusing Larry Nasser to not talk about it. Additionally they used tactics to intimidate the victims into silence telling them there would be severe backlash against them and essentially end their gymnastic careers.

Here's the article I saw on ABC that finally made me decide to post this thread.

Olympic gymnastics star Aly Raisman showed up in a Michigan courtroom Friday and faced down Larry Nassar, the former doctor who molested her and scores of other elite female athletes, calling him "sick" and telling him that "the tables have turned."

Raisman, 23, appeared in Ingram County Circuit Court in Lansing and took a seat in the courtroom gallery next to Jordyn Wieber, her teammate on the "Fierce Five" USA gymnastics squad that won the gold metal at the 2012 Olympics in London. They were just feet away from the disgraced doctor who sexually abused them, all under the guise that he was providing legitimate medical treatment.

The two-time Olympian and captain of the 2012 women's Olympic gymnastics team spoke on the fourth day of Nassar's sentencing hearing. She is one of at least 120 victims that have been asked to address the court.

"I didnít think I would be here today. I was scared and nervous," said Raisman, who contacted prosecutors overnight to ask to speak in court. "It wasnít until I started watching the impact statements from the other brave survivors that I realized I, too, needed to be here. Larry, you do realize now that we, this group of women, you so heartlessly abused over such a long period of time are now a force and you are nothing."

She went on, "The tables have turned Larry. We are here, we have our voices, and we are not going anywhere. And now, Larry, itís your turn to listen to me. There is no map that shows you the pathway to healing. Realizing that you are a survivor of sexual abuse is really hard to put into words. I cannot adequately capture the level of disgust I feel when I think about how this happened. Larry, you abused the power and trust I and so many others placed in you, and I am not sure I will ever come to terms with how horribly you manipulated and violated me."

In her no-holds-barred statement, Raisman ridiculed Nassar for writing a letter to Judge Rosemarie Aquilina in which he expressed concern that listening to his victims was mentally taxing for him. "You are pathetic to think that anyone would have any sympathy for you," Raisman told Nassar. "You think this is hard for you? Imagine how all of us feel. Imagine how it feels to be an innocent teenager in a foreign country. Hearing a knock on the door and itís you. I donít want you to be there, but I donít have a choice."

She recalled the abuse at the hands of Nassar, telling the court she was forced by her coaches to go see him for treatment.

"Lying on my stomach with you on my bed, insisting that your inappropriate touch would help to heal my pain," she said. "The reality is you caused me a great deal of physical, mental, and emotional pain. You never healed me, you took advantage of our passions and our dreams."

She added, "You are so sick, I canít even comprehend how angry I feel when I think of you. You lied to me and manipulated me to think that when you treated me, you were closing your eyes because you had been working hard when you were really touching me, an innocent child, to pleasure yourself. Imagine feeling like you have no power and no voice. Well you know what Larry? I have power and voice, and I am only beginning to just use them."

She also took aim at USA Gymnastic and the US Olympic Committee for ignoring years of complaints against Nassar and for allowing him to sit on boards that came up with policies that still exist today to protect athletes.

"But I am here to tell you that I will not rest until every last trace of your influence on this sport has been destroyed, like the cancer it is," Raisman said. "Your abuse started 30 years ago, but thatís just the first reported incident we know of. If over these many years just one adult listened, and had the courage and character to act, this tragedy could have been avoided."

She scoffed at USA Gymnastics' decision on Thursday to cut ties with the famed Karolyi Ranch training facility in Texas, where many athletes were allegedly abused by Nassar. "USA Gymnastics neglected to mention that they had athletes training there the day they released the statement," Raisman said.

"So at this point, talk is worthless to me. Weíre dealing with real lives and the future of our sport. We need to believe this won't happen again," she said. "For this sport to go on, we need to demand real change, and we need to be willing to fight for it. Itís clear now that if we leave it up to these organizations, history is likely to repeat itself."

She asked the judge to give Nassar the maximum sentence, saying he "perpetrated the worst epidemic of sexual abuse in the history of sports."

"Let this sentence strike fear in anyone who thinks it is OK to hurt another person," Raisman said. "Abusers, your time is up. The survivors are here, standing tall, and we are not going anywhere."

Raisman spoke after her former teammate Wieber stood at the podium Friday and explained how Nassar groomed her for abuse with compliments and by bringing her food and coffee when her coaches had placed her and her teammates on restrictive diets. She said Nassar began sexually assaulting her when she was 14 years old and trying to recover from a torn hamstring.

"It has caused me to feel shame and confusion and I've spent months trying to think back on my experience and wonder how I didn't even know this was happening to me and how I became so brainwashed by Larry and everyone at USA Gymnastics, both of whom I thought were supposed to be on my side," Wieber, 22, said.

"Nobody was protecting us from being taken advantage of. Nobody was even concerned whether or not we were being sexually abused. I was not protected and neither were my teammates," Wieber said.

While she said she is still angry at herself for not recognizing sooner that Nassar's treatments were just a ploy to sexually abuse young girls, she said she will not live her life as a victim.

"I'm an Olympian," she said. "Despite being abused, I've worked so hard and managed to achieve my goal."

Nassar pleaded guilty in November to sexually assaulting seven girls, but Aquilina is allowing many more victims to speak in court. The sentencing hearing was to wrap up on Friday, but Aquilina said it could stretch into next Tuesday to allow all the victims to speak.

The disgraced doctor has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges. He has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 125 women and girls in civil lawsuits.

Among the young women who say they were molested by Nassar are Olympic medalists McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas, Jamie Dantzscher and Simone Biles.

Dr. Brad Johnson, whose two daughters, Madeline and Kara, were molested by Nassar, also spoke, saying true physicians treat their patients with "compassion and respect and love." He said sometimes doctors make mistakes but they are usually not intentional.

"This is not your story, Larry," Johnson said. "The pain you caused was intentional. You do not care for these young girls with compassion, respect and love. Your care was selfish, not selfless. Your story is dark sinister and pure evil."

"You preyed on the most vulnerable. You preyed on innocence and you preyed on trust," he continued. "You preyed on little girls and young women, Godís children. And he weeps with us. Your story is very different Larry, your story starts with sick, perverse and ungodly intentions. You are not a physician. You are a pedofile. You only used your degree as a platform to sexually abuse your patients, one by one for your sick and your very perverse pleasure."


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Dude, I can't believe this sht! He should just be put down! F HIM!

The story from Mahroney about him giving her a sleeping pill and waking up in his hotel room, with how it's worded, likely having sex with her???? It's all so vague but I guess easy to draw conclusions.

That's some bold ****, like how did he even get her back to his room in the first place without someone else knowing?!?!
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Dude should run for Senate under the R banner.
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I've been reading bits and pieces throughout the week. I'm curious to see how long he'll stay alive in prison before he offs himself.
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So this goes further than him rotting in prison? Shocking.
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Dude wrote a letter to the judge, saying how hearing all the girls speak was damaging to his mental state. WTF!
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I've read that USAG is no longer holding camps and the Karolyis' place since Nassar held a lot of his "treatments" there.
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Unfortunately it seems there's blood on a lot of peoples hands here. I heard on the radio that as many as fourteen MSU officials received complaints against him for sexual misconduct but things were swept under the rug because maintaining a "winning" program was more important than pressing criminal charges against Nassar. There was a pretty graphic account of one girl being abused and filing a complaint only to have three MSU doctors side with Nassar in saying his "treatment" (abuse) of the gymnast was "medically necessary."

Stories like this reiterate how rabid the business of sports can get. Winning, in this case, took precedence over keeping Nassar from hurting young women all with the help from his partners, MSU, and US Gymnastics.
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I've read that USAG is no longer holding camps and the Karolyis' place since Nassar held a lot of his "treatments" there.
Too little too late imo and basically a PR move at this point. They should be more concerned with the accusations about the massive cover-up they were a part of.
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^Yikes, that's even low for you.
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Wood give deep tissue massage to heal.

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This^
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So...she was asking for it?
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Wood give deep tissue massage to heal.
I mean I love McKayla Maroney and all but not cool!
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Can all the people who covered for him at the university be held accountable as well? This is just really fucked up to hear that these girls were taken advantage of and no one really cared.
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I like where this is going. How am I gonna get out of this pickle?
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I mean I love McKayla Maroney and all but not cool!
Just expressing my hots for her. She is smoking hot.

I get the angle people are playing here. It is interesting
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Just expressing my hots for her. She is smoking hot.
I agree but soooo not the thread for it man!
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Just expressing my hots for her. She is smoking hot.
So you maybe can sympathize with the Doctor a little bit?
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Just expressing my hots for her. She is smoking hot.

I get the angle people are playing here. It is interesting
something something party of family values something something
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Yeah. Walked right into that one. Probably could have worded it better.
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Better tend to the baby until this blows over

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