Gabby Douglas Releases New Statement on Abuse Allegations Against Larry Nassar

Gabby Douglas Releases New Statement on Abuse Allegations Against Larry Nassar

He was charged with molesting seven girls, many of whom are gymnasts, while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.

The hearing comes after a third former US Olympian, Gabby Douglas, accused him of sexual abuse.

USA Gymnastics said in a statement that it was "very sorry that any athlete was harmed by Larry Nassar" and that it fired Nassar and reported him to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after first learning of concerns in 2015.

For all those involved, and - that I'm so horribly sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control. I want them to heal; I want this community to heal. I want this community to heal. "And since I've met these girls, there hasn't been one day where we haven't talked". I remember just, like, looking out the window behind her and not even wanting to look at her.

The judge called those who spoke up about Nassar's abuse "superheroes" for doing so because sexual misconduct in America is "an epidemic". You violated the oath that you took, which is to do no harm, and you harmed them selfishly.

This month, Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman (shown left) and most recently Gabby Douglas (middle) publicly claimed to be sexual-abuse victims of Nassar's, as did former gymnast McKayla Maroney (right) last month, although it's unclear whether they officially reported those incidents to the police.




Gabrielle Douglas of the United States poses for photographs with her gold medal after the medal ceremony at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Jeff Raymond, a publicist for Ms Douglas, confirmed in an email that the gymnast was in fact "confirming that she too was a victim of Larry Nassar".

Raisman offered the following thoughts to Nassar's guilty plead today. Mr Penny was accused by victims of failing to quickly notify authorities about abuse allegations. The governing organization, USA Gymnastics, claims they didn't know of Nassar's repulsive behavior until the year he was sacked.

They added that it was "important" that he acknowledged "his appalling and devious conduct" in court and said the deal "permits punishment without further victimisation of survivors". Nassar is expected to also plead guilty on November 29 in neighboring Eaton County - the location of an elite gymnastics club - resolving state prosecutors' charges against him.

Before accepting the plea, Judge Aquilina asked him to confirm that he did not wear gloves when abusing his victims between 1998 and 2015, when he was sacked.

During the trial, when asked by the judge whether some of his practices were done for his own gratification, he admitted their lack of medical goal. "It was for your own goal, is that right?", the judge asked. She said officials kept Nassar in power for decades after ignoring repeated reports of sexual assaults and brushing off the victims as being unable to tell the difference between a medical exam and a sexual violation.

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