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The Larry Nassar Trials

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Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman gives her victim impact statement, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Lansing, Mich., during the fourth day of sentencing for former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who pled guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault.  (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP)

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman gives her victim impact statement, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Lansing, Mich., during the fourth day of sentencing for former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who pled guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP)

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Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman gives her victim impact statement, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Lansing, Mich., during the fourth day of sentencing for former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who pled guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP)

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In recent news, Larry Nassar, an American physician, has been under fire for recent sexual harassment and sexual abuse allegations. “Once a world-renowned sports physician treating America’s foremost Olympic women gymnasts, Larry Nassar now will spend the rest of his life behind bars. The disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison, a judge announced Wednesday, after more than 150 women and girls said in court that he sexually abused them over the past two decades,” according to CNN.

Nassar had pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County in Michigan and admitted to using his trusted medical position to assault and molest girls under the guise of medical treatment.

“I’ve just signed your death warrant,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said in a Lansing, Michigan, courtroom. “I find that you don’t get it, that you’re a danger. That you remain a danger,” (CNN).

People around the world were shocked to hear these allegations, shocked to hear that these atrocities had been hidden for decades. It reminded people everywhere of the severity of the sexual harassment scandals that have rocked every industry as hundreds of girls came forward to share their heartbreaking stories. Even here at RHS, students felt the gravity of this monumental case.

“I was shocked that so many girls had to go through this abuse. It was even more shocking that these girls went to the Olympics and no one knew. It happened right under our noses,” said senior, Avni U. She went on to say “As women in sports, I think we are always told me to be aware of our surroundings especially with male coaches. I think this case heightens our awareness”. As a fellow female athlete, senior Charlotte Brennan-Crowley, agreed saying “I’ve generally noticed that there are more male coaches than female coaches in all sports so I’ve always been taught to be careful when you’re alone with coaches or working with someone privately in a sport”. Charlotte also felt the horror of this trial. “This trial terrified me. What if people around me are going through the same thing?”.

 

The sentencing in Eaton County marked the end of weeks of emotional statements by young women and girls who said they were abused by Dr. Nassar under the guise of medical treatment. Judge Cunningham said on the first day of the hearing that the number of victims who had come forward had risen to 265, some of whom have chosen to remain anonymous.

 

In conclusion, Avni U. offered insight into how this trial can change the culture of women in sports and sports medicine. “This story shows how in our culture no one really says anything about this kind of stuff even though we should. This is a crime. Just like robbing someone is a crime, this is robbing someone, too, just in another way. These crimes should be treated equally in society”.

 

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