The resignations have started for USA Gymnastics

Laura Christensen
January 23, 2018

At 15, I shouldn't know the inside of a courtroom, but I'm going to become real comfortable in one. "It wasn't until I started watching the impact statements from the other courageous survivors that I realized I, too, needed to be here". Nassar made that choice for us - your 20-year child-molesting employee.

After the profound statements from Aly Raisman and dozens of others last week, we should not be surprised by the strength of these survivors, but for a 15-year-old facing a man who sexually abused her 17 months earlier to do so with such clarity when so many adults at MSU could not is remarkable.

Nassar has admitted molesting athletes during treatment when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

A Michigan State spokesman says Miller's comments are being looked into, and patients of Nassar's "will not be billed". In addition to his decades in prison for child pornography, he faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years for the assaults, according to the AP, though the maximum sentence could be significantly higher.

USA Gymnastics also came under attack after it emerged that Olympic gold medallist McKayla Maroney had been required to sign a gag order preventing her from talking about the abuse under the terms of a $1.25 million settlement agreed in 2016. More than 130 women have filed civil lawsuits against him alleging abuse.

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The moves come as scores of sexual assault victims testify against former team doctor Larry Nassar at Ingram County Circuit Court in Lansing, Mich.

As part of the plea deal accepted by Nassar, any woman who has accused Nassar of assault has been given the chance to confront him and tell her story in the Ingham County Courthouse. The number of women and girls wanting to speak is growing by the day. Angela Povilaitis, the assistant attorney general of MI, told Aquilina at the start of court on Monday that 99 victims had already spoken or had their statements read. Almost 100 victim statements have been given by women and girls who say Nassar sexually assaulted them under the guise of medical treatment. A year later, they moved the family closer, to give her gymnastics dreams a better chance. USA Gymnastics needs to focus on supporting the courageous survivors.

Raisman shed not a single tear and showed no sign of weakness as she spoke, looking right at Nassar the entire time.

Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo reacts to a play during the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Nassar talked a former gymnast's grandmother into dropping physical assault charges against Geddert after an altercation at his gym.

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