Olympic doctor sentenced 40-175 years

On Jan. 24, Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40-175 years in prison. Nassar, a 54 year old doctor, pleaded guilty for sexually abusing young athletes, including members of the US national gymnastics team such as Olympic standouts Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, and Aly Raisman. This happened for decades under medical treatment where he manipulated the athletes to think he was curing them from an injury. Nassar gained the trust between the girls and their families, which gave him cover to sexually abuse the gymnasts.
According to ESPN, Nassar was fired from the USA Gymnastics team in 2015 and was also dismissed from his training job at Michigan State University. In Dec. 2016, he was arrested for possessing at least 37,000 images of child pornography. He later pleaded guilty to three federal counts related to child pornography. A few years later in 2018, Nassar pleaded guilty to an additional 10 different counts of sexual misconduct during his career.
Nassar said, “I’m so terribly sorry, and wishes the victims and community can heal,” according to ESPN.
One year after his first offence in 2016, the #MeToo movement gained attention. #MeToo is used on social media to help demonstrate the widespread issue of sexual assault and harassment. It is used to let survivors know that they are not alone and encourage victims to come forward. Throughout the years, millions of tweets have been shared publicly ranging from celebrities to athletes. In the future, people like Nassar will be stopped quicker because of the #MeToo movement.
A significant line from Nassar’s court trial that will be remembered for years was when Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said, “I’ve just signed your death warrant” after announcing his sentence.
Most victims wiped away their tears when they heard the news, but some had a different type of reaction. Rachael Denhollander, the first of Nassar’s many victims to come forward publicly, smiled as she heard the news.
“Larry Nassar makes me embarrassed and ashamed to be involved with USA gymnastics,” said gymnast Amber Hill, a sophomore at Leigh High School. In the future, our society needs to know that it is alright to come forward if one is sexually assaulted. Larry Nassar’s victims demonstrated bravery and strength to publicly announce his past actions towards them and allow for him to face the punishment he deserves.