Speaking to Nassar: 7 days of statements from survivors
The Ingham County sentencing for Larry Nassar saw seven days of victim-impact statements. This gallery includes some of those survivors and their words.
Tiffany Thomas Lopez: “The army you chose in the late '90s to silence me, to dismiss me and my attempt at speaking the truth, will not prevail over the army you created when violating us. We seek justice. We deserve justice. And we will have it.”
Madeleine Jones (shown at Nassar's plea hearing in November 2017): “Society may sometimes see a single death as a tragedy and a million deaths as a statistic, but I urge every person here today to think of each woman affected by Nassar's actions as a human being with inherent dignity whose life was ruined by a man who manipulated their trust.”
Chelsea (Kroll) Williams: “His particular treatment rooms were adorned with photos of Olympic gymnasts and other prominent athletes who he claimed to medically treat. I would walk into his room thinking that if he treated all these athletes, gymnasts, that I was undoubtedly in the right hands.”
Emily Meinke: “In a world of club gymnastics, children are conditioned to ignore warning signs and to persevere, to dedicate their bodies and minds to do whatever it takes to achieve the highest accolades with no regard for the consequences. I am here to tell you that it's not worth it. Nothing is worth this abuse.”
Jeanette Antolin: “For a young girl away from her home being worked into exhaustion by screaming coaches, a kindly doctor offering relief from pain and a little sympathy was easy to like. I was raised in the culture of gymnastics where we were taught your voice doesn't matter. You follow instructions and never complain, especially about treatment.”
Alexandra Raisman: “Over those 30 years when survivors came forward, adult after adult, many in positions of authority, protected you telling each survivor it was OK, that you weren't abusing them. In fact, many adults had convinced the survivors that they were being dramatic or had been mistaken. This is like being violated all over again. How do you sleep at night?”
Amanda Thomashow: “The investigation done by MSU was brief and sloppy and it left me feeling disposable and worthless. After asking a few of his friends if what he did was inappropriate and getting a collective answer of, well, I would have done it differently but I guess what he did was OK, Larry Nassar was cleared to practice again under new guidelines that were never actually enforced.”
Jordyn Wieber: "Our bodies were all hanging by a thread when we were in London. And who was the doctor that USAG sent to keep us healthy and help us get through? The doctor that was our abuser. The doctor that is a child molester."
Jade Capua,a victim of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, gives her victim impact statement during his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Michigan, January 16, 2018.
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Jamie Dantzscher: “I'm here today with all these other women, not victims, but survivors, to tell you face to face that your days of manipulation are over. We have a voice now. We have the power now. There is no therapy, no cure, and no healing for monsters like you. You're pure evil and I hope every other evil pervert listening to this is sitting there cowardly like you with their tail between their legs, because you are just one of so many that are going to get what they deserve.”
Gwen Anderson: “I want my two boys to see their mom stand up for what she knows is right, and I want my students to see that I am doing what I encourage them to do every day, which is being the change you want to see in this world, and I want to see that this never happens to anyone again and that those responsible are held accountable, and being here today and telling my story is part of that change.”