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    USA Gymnastics Dr Larry Nassar: 150 victims of child abuse

    I’m trying to summarize this case but I don’t even know how to put it in to words because it’s so shocking.




    Larry Nassar was the doctor for the USA gymnastics team and Michigan University Sports Medicine doctor and over the last 30 years molested what right now appears to be approximately 140 girls.

    https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/...ssar-explained

    He had their trust as team doctor and abused his position again and again. While the elite athletic world of sport is normally just reserved for adults, gymnastics is a different world. 20 is considered a veteran in women’s gymnastics. So while they were elites athletes, they who were just children at the same time. Some of his victims are Olympians who represented USA as recent as the Rio Olympics.

    This case is so disturbing on so many levels, like how he was so trusted that some of the abuse happened while the parents of the minors were in the room with them, while they were being medically examined. He was that fearless. He sat on boards that made policies that were supposed to protect these girls all while continuing the to abuse.
    There’s also evidence to show that both Michigan State University and USA gymnastics knew and were slow to act on reports from the victims.


    He’s already in jail for possession of child pornography and has pleaded guilting to child abuse. As part of his plea he has to sit in court and hear victim impact statements (he’s had the neck to tell the judge that it’s too difficult to listen to them speak).
    Nearly 100 women have given statements this week and there are numerous videos of survivors giving their statement in court, but if you do one thing today, you have to watch this young women Aly Raisman. She was a team captain of both 2012 and 2016 USA gymnastics team that won gold and her statement is incredible to say the least.

    Last edited by Stringer9; 21st-January-2018, 01:21.
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    She’s an incredible young woman.
    He’s a monster.

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      #3
      Sentenced to min 40 years and hopefully a lot more. Scumbag of the highest order, and I rarely use such definitive language about a person.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...=.e0abe2a3eb12
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        #4
        I heard Kyle Stephen's testimony on second captains last week, it was harrowing stuff. She is some woman to stand up and tell her story. She tried to tell her parents when she was young about the abuse and her father wouldn't believe her, for years he said she was making it up. When he finally realised the truth he committed suicide. It's unbelievable the damage that man has caused.

        Having said that, US gymnastics needs to take a long hard look at itself. It is largely responsible for creating an environment where monsters like Nassar can thrive with impunity.
        When things go wrong, blame McGahan

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          #5
          To think that George Gibney got away with serving no time at all.

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            #6
            Child protection and procedures are a lot differnet in the US than they are here. College sports and the success, prestige, money etc lead to a lot of brushing things under carpets if individuals can bring success to the college or team. See Penn State.

            There'd be alot more than just investigating this type of incident here
            Nulla semper amicus, servivit mihi, in iniuriam mihi neminem quem non persolvi

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              #7
              Nassar has been jailed for the rest of his life but the priority now is for the institutions that left all these young athletes..children..down to be torn apart and investigated from inside out and for people to be held accountable.

              He thrived because USA gymnastics (and MSU’s) one and only priority was to win. They had complete disregard for the athletes, the majority of which were minors, in their care.

              https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...=.f22a9f51a433

              This is a must read, it’s not enough to just jail the monster, it’s only the beginning.
              They facilitated him in so many ways, such as insisting on having him treat the girls in their rooms. Not one person flagged that having a man call to minors/young women’s hotel room to treat them on their beds by themselves was inappropriate, that alone is a red flag. They insisted on this, it was mandatory. They had to submit to treatment by him, if you didn’t agree to treatment, you were out. They provided horror chambers and didn’t give it a second glance. Winning came at an incredibly high cost.

              I used to have so much respect for USA gymnastics, because of their dominance in the sport, gymnastics was one of the only sports in the world where the women’s sport was more popular than the mens. But sadly the whole thing was a complete and utter monstrosity, rotted from the inside out.

              People like John Geddert, who had to have known.. a former USA Olympic team coach and gym owner, who was very close to Nassar and had him volunteer at his gym, he provided another horror chamber. He was apparently so abusive towards his gymnasts, he berated them and intimidated them, they were terrified of him. Shockingly one of the survivors has spoken out saying he walked in while she was being molested and he joked with Nassar...he has been suspended and has now retired.

              This is a quote from the article in the link above..
              A 2000 memo at a national training camp for girls as young as 9 instructed them that if they had a problem at night in the hotel they were to call a list of three people. The first name on the list? Larry Nassar. The memo also instructed them, “Please do not call your personal coach.”

              Honestly if a gang rob a bank the guy driving the getaway car is as accountable for the crime, they created the perfect environment for him, they were the getaway driver.

              The Ranch is another horror chamber where so many were abused. Even to get to train there was an incredible honor, but as shown in the video below, it was the perfect place for Nassar to thrive. They lost their contract to host the camps. (Only after Simone Biles, the best gymnast the sport has ever seen, spoke out to tell them she would find it very difficult to return to the place she was abused, to train.)

              I’m sharing two videos, both are very difficult to watch..one was from a former gymnast, Mattie Larson, who competed with USA on the international stage. Her testimony is so difficult to watch as it really shows how he thrived in that environment, where the girls feared those in power, they thought that if they spoke up it would risk destroying their career.. she went as far to smash her head off the bath in order to avoid going to training..it only made it worse.



              The next is a testimony from Rachael Denhollander, this is the person who was the one who caused the dam to break, she was the first person to publicly accuse him. It shows how so many people knew and not one person did a thing to stop it, whether it was MSU who also utterly failed or the USOC or USA gymnastics, not one adult listened, they were willing to believe this well respected doctor rather than the athletes. Reports of abuse go back as far as 97 when it was first reported to a coach at MSU, when you think that what happened to most of those women could have been avoided, if just one adult listened.

              Last edited by Stringer9; 27th-January-2018, 02:08.
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