Larry Nassar, the former U.S. gymnastics doctor, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting
young female athletes. In early February, he was sentenced with 40 to 175 years in prison. “I think this man is sick. He should be sentenced to more than 40 to 175 years in prison,” says Lindsey Howell.
After the seven-day hearing, more than 150 of Nassar’s victims gave their statements to
the jury. Many of the girls described the former doctor and trainer as being manipulative.
When the hearing ended, the courtroom began to applause the victims and jury.
When the 54-year-old sexually abused these individuals, he was working with Michigan
State University and the U.S.A Gymnastics team as their team doctor. “These individuals
should’ve been able to trust their team doctor,” commented Ethan Miller.
Many of the victims went to him with injuries and they were made to feel like his actions
were acceptable. His exams were mandatory, so he took this advantage to press himself upon them. “This is sickening! I’m so glad that these individuals spoke out,” Ben Nolte said.
Nassar’s accusers, which included Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, Simone Biles and
Gabby Douglas, all say they are now the force and that Nassar is the one that needs to listen to what they have to say.