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Woman tells her former doctor: You are the worst example of humanity

Last month, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman said she’d suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a decorated Team USA Gymnastics doctor named Larry Nassar. In her new memoir, “Fierce,” Raisman described abuse beginning when she was just 15 years old. Dozens of other patients — including Raisman’s former teammates McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas — have come forward with similar stories.
This year, Nassar pleaded guilty to charges of child pornography and sexual assault. He’s still awaiting sentencing on the sexual assault charges , but on Thursday, a judge sentenced him to 60 years in prison for his child pornography crimes.
Now, Raisman says that she wanted to address Nassar in court but didn’t get the chance.
In a post published Thursday on The Players’ Tribune , Raisman wrote that she submitted a “Victim Impact Statement,” which the judge in the case would use when considering a sentence. She also requested to read the statement in court, but said that the judge did not approve any of the victims’ requests to read their statements in person.
Instead, Raisman published the entirety of the statement on The Players’ Tribune. It’s a harrowing, heartbreaking look at the long-lasting ramifications of sexual abuse.
“From the age of eight, all I wanted to do was go to the Olympics,” she wrote. “Larry, you knew how badly I wanted to be the best I could be, you knew how hard I worked, and that I would do absolutely anything to be on the team. You were my doctor, and like most people, I was taught to trust doctors. I believed that you had my best interests at heart, and you made sure that message was reinforced, insisting your inappropriate touch was for medical reasons and that your care would help me get to the Olympic Games […] But you lied to me. You lied to all of us.”
Raisman wrote that she still has difficulty trusting others, especially medical professionals. This fear led her to skip important treatments during intense Olympic training and even “hate gymnastics for a time,” she said. She also described crippling anxiety.
“When I allowed myself to start thinking about what Larry had done […] I felt like I couldn’t breathe, like someone was pushing on my chest and my throat was closing up. I couldn’t sleep well because I would have terrible nightmares,” she wrote.”I never felt rested.”
Toward the end of her letter, Raisman described Nassar as “the worst example of humanity” and asked the judge to give him the “strongest possible sentence.” But she also expressed hope that her openness could make a positive difference.
“I want more than anything to make sure the next generation never goes through something like this,” she said. “Maybe by speaking out […] I can help other survivors feel less alone, less isolated, and encourage them to speak up and to get help.”
Source/Read full: thisisinsider (Caroline Praderio) 

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Updated: December 8, 2017 — 6:43 pm

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