Victims speak out against Larry Nassar: 'Little girls don't stay little forever'

Adjust Comment Print

She told the court in Lansing, Michigan, that her parents did not believe her when she told them about the abuse. Nassar gave her a sleeping pill on the flight and the next thing she knew, she had woken up in his hotel room, where she thought she was going to die while he gave her the "treatment" as he had previously done so.

Lou Anna Simon, president of MSU said, "Today is about the victim".

After hearing the courageous stories of my friends and other survivors, I know that this horrific experience does not define me.

It is impossibly hard to relive these experiences and it breaks my heart even more to think that as I work towards my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused.

Nassar will be sentenced this week in MI federal court on seven counts of criminal sexual assault, which he plead guilty to in November 2016.

Maroney now is free to break her non-disclosure agreement with USA Gymnastics and make a victim-impact statement this week in MI federal court during Nassar's sentencing on sexual-assault convictions.

A spokesperson from The Michigan Department of Attorney General expects at least 98 individuals and/or their parents to share their statements over a number of days.

"For the record, go to hell", said Thomas Brennan, a coach who says Nassar violated the trust of his colleagues.

Google to construct new undersea cables to connect US, Asia, Europe
Curie will be the first subsea cable to land in Chile in nearly 20 years. "Owning the cable ourselves has some distinct benefits". A second cable, which will run from the USA east coast to Denmark, with a stopover in Ireland, will be 7242 kms in length.

As of Tuesday, 88 women have agreed to make victim-impact statements at Nassar's sentencing.

"Little girls don't stay little forever", she added. "They turn into strong women that return to destroy your world".

McKayla Maroney was not set to be one of them.

Maroney signed the NDA in December 2016 as part of a $1.25 million settlement with USA Gymnastics but she sued the organization last month, claiming she only agreed not to accuse Nassar publicly because she was traumatized at the time and needed the money to help pay for psychological treatment.

Maroney will not be allowed to give her statement due to a non-disclosure agreement that would cost her $100,000 in fines if she were to break it. She could not even have her statement read without fear of a lawsuit against her by USAG. Model Teigen has taken to Twitter to defend the gymnast, urging her to speak out during Nassar's sentencing hearing without needing to worry about a fine.

In a statement emailed to AFP, Maroney's lawyer, John Manly, said USA Gymnastics had been forced to back down after realising the gag order was unenforceable.

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles said on Monday she was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, the latest in a list of female athletes to accuse the doctor of misconduct.

Nassar previously received a 60-year prison sentence for a separate child pornography case. Women and girls said the stories inspired them to step forward with detailed allegations of abuse.

Comments