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  • There is now nowhere left for you to hide, Larry.”

  • More than 160 women say Larry Nassar sexually abused them.

  • It's one of the worst sexual abuse scandals

  • in the history of sports.

  • And it went on for more than two decades.

  • How did he get away with it?

  • My real interest, of course, with dance and gymnastics

  • is my role with U.S.A. Gymnastics.”

  • Nassar had celebrity-like status in the elite gymnastics

  • and sports medicine world. U.S.A. Gymnastics gave him

  • countless awards.

  • He was inducted into Michigan State University's

  • hall of fame and governors appointed him to state licensing boards.

  • He even secured a patent for an ankle brace he invented.

  • Nassar's patients felt honored

  • to be treated by the best of the best.

  • Nassar typically carried out

  • his abuse under the guise of a medical treatment.

  • He hijacked a rare pelvic therapy,

  • that involves vaginal penetration,

  • and used it to treat all sorts of ailments.

  • He ignored protocol, such as using a glove, asking consent

  • or having a medical chaperone present.

  • And when I was 14 years old,

  • I tore my hamstring in my right leg.

  • This was when he started performing the procedure

  • that we are all now familiar with.”

  • The next visit was for my shoulder,

  • which I then found out my hips were out of alignment,

  • which then made my spine and my pelvic bone

  • out of alignment as well.

  • And this is when Larry decided that it was medically acceptable

  • to violate a 16-year-old girl.”

  • When confronted by parents, coaches, and eventually investigators,

  • Nassar said patients may have misunderstood his therapy.

  • Medical colleagues deferred to his expertise

  • After a 2014 investigation cleared his name,

  • Nassar was just reminded to follow procedures.

  • In the training camps of elite gymnastics,

  • where coaches are notoriously hard on athletes,

  • Nassar manipulated girls into believing he

  • was a trusted friend, advocate and even their protector.

  • You have to protect your athletes.

  • You have to let them know that we care.

  • You have to, not let them know, but let them feel it.

  • Let them understand it. Let them breathe it.”

  • He put my picture up on his wall with Olympians.

  • I thought I mattered to Larry.”

  • You had me so wrapped around your finger,

  • and I still trusted you so much.

  • Even when I was a sophomore in college,

  • and you were the only person I called

  • to help me make the decision to end my

  • gymnastics career due to my injuries.

  • Nassar won over family members by offering a free treatment,

  • a quick diagnosis, or often the pretense of transparency.

  • At the end of the appointment in your basement,

  • I remember asking, 'Do I owe you anything?'

  • Now it seems kind of sick.

  • You got what you wanted.”

  • He frequently molested young girls with parents

  • in the room, using a draped towel or practiced

  • positioning to conceal where his fingers were massaging.

  • What kind of a person has the audacity

  • to sexually assault a child in front of their mother?”

  • It's still unclear who knew what when,

  • but for decades Nassar's employers

  • focused on their reputations and failed

  • to safeguard the young women in their care.

  • When U.S.A. Gymnastics got a complaint about Nassar in 2016,

  • the organization paid the gymnast $1.25 million

  • to stop her from speaking about the abuse.

  • Complaints about Nassar's treatments

  • reached officials at Michigan State University

  • as early as 1997,

  • The Detroit News has reported. That's 20

  • years before the prized doctor was terminated.

  • MSU has said that no one at the University

  • believed that Nassar committed sexual abuse prior

  • to the newspaper reports in the summer of 2016.

  • Nassar's victims say that if the university had investigated

  • the first complaint, scores of young girls

  • may have escaped the doctor's abuse.

  • Larry Nassar did not arise in isolation.

  • Rather we saw the worst sexual assault scandal in history

  • unfold because a predator was left in power for decades.

  • Despite warning signs,

  • despite red flags, despite direct reports of assault.”

There is now nowhere left for you to hide, Larry.”

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    Samuel posted on 2018/02/20
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