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Six-time Olympic medalist slams abuser Larry Nassar in court

20 January 2018, 07:50 | Dan Bryan

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"Had he not had to bear the shame and self-loathing that stemmed from his defense of Larry Nassar, he would have had a fighting chance", she said, referring to her father's suicide.

Houston native and gold medalist Simone Biles, now training for the 2020 Olympics, said going back to the ranch to train would "break her heart".

Consider the bravery it takes to recount these traumatizing details in front of a room of people, let alone while looking at the perpetrator of these crimes in the eye.

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman said Larry Nassar was "sick" and that she's incomprehensibly angry that he manipulated an "innocent child" to pleasure himself.

"I have always done my best to lead MSU", she said, "and I will continue to do so today and tomorrow". She retired from the university in February 2017, a day after she was suspended by MSU for defending Nassar to her team even after he was sacked in September 2016.

Raisman explained the pain caused by Nassar's constant manipulation and violations of trust. "If just one adult listened and had the courage and character to act, this tragedy could have been avoided", she said. His abuse, or as he called it, "treatment", began when she was 13 or 14 years old and continued through her gold medal-winning performance at the 2012 Olympics in London - and didn't stop until she left the sport completely. She added that USAG and the US Olympic Committee were not present for Nassar's sentencing. And when others join those athletes and begin speaking out with more stories of abuse, were they acknowledged?

"Now this is entertaining to me", Aquilina said while reading the letter aloud in court on Thursday, January 18.

During the hearing Jordyn addressed the disgraced doctor she says abused her "time after time, appointment after appointment".

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Boyce said she'd asked Simon personally if she could be in the courtroom for her statement. McKayla Maroney wrote an impact statement letter, which was read to the court earlier this week, while Gabby Douglas has also spoken out about Nassar.

She made an important point here - noting with disgust that Nassar had sat on advisory boards and committees that had designed policies on how to protect athletes from harm.

"Unfortunately you have taken on an organization that is rotten from the inside", Raisman said to Perry, who was not in the courtroom on Friday. And this MSU employee then fed me back to the wolf: you.

"Even now, after all that has happened, USA Gymnastics has the nerve to say the very same things it has said all along". "I didn't orchestrate this, you did by your actions and your guilty plea", Judge Aquilina told Nassar. "She's assisting them", Grewal said.

She said she represented the US at two Olympics and both the USAG and USOC were quick to capitalize and celebrate her success. I have both power and voice, and I am only beginning to just use them. We're dealing with real lives and the future of our sport.

"If we are to believe in change, we must first understand the problem and everything that contributed to it".

The accusations against Nassar come at the height of the powerful #MeToo movement, a grassroots effort to empower victims of sexual misconduct that grew out of the Harvey Weinstein scandals to include dozens of similar accusations against people in positions of power.

When it was revealed this week that she could face $100,000 for violating an NDA agreement with USA Gymnastics for a settlement reached in 2016, celebrity Chrissy Teigen offered to foot the bill.

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