Victims of ex-gymnastics doctor blame university
- Author: Stacy Houston Nov 25, 2017,
Nov 25, 2017, 1:04
During Nassar's sentencing in January, the 125 women who reported their assaults to Michigan State Police will be allowed to read their victim statements.
"You used that position of trust that you had in the most vile way - to abuse children", she said.
Michigan State University says allegations that it covered up a former gymnastics doctor's criminal sexual misconduct are "simply false" and it is "appalled" by Larry Nassar's crimes. He served as the USA Gymnastics physician through four Olympic Games.
The institutions issued statements Wednesday after victims and their lawyers criticized their handling of Nassar, who pleaded guilty in a MI courtroom to molesting girls under the guise of medical treatment.
"I'm so horribly sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control", Nassar said.
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He faces up to 25 years in prison. "I didn't publicly share my experiences as well as many other things because for years we were conditioned to stay silent and honestly some things were extremely painful."Douglas's representative later confirmed to USA Today that the gymnast had been one of Nassar's victims".
Larry Nassar, 54, admitted to sexually assaulting at least seven girls, all but one of whom are gymnasts, while he was working as a physician for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. I want them to heal.
Olympic champion Gabby Douglas revealed on Tuesday she was also abused by a former U.S. team doctor as she issued a new statement responding to allegations she "victim-shamed" team-mate Aly Raisman. "We need to move forward in a sense of growth and healing and I pray (for) that".
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said Nassar said sexual abuse was a nationwide 'epidemic'.
Separately, Nassar is also awaiting sentencing on federal charges of receiving child pornography, possessing child pornography and a charge that he hid and destroyed evidence in the case.
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