USA Gymnastics board leaders resign amid Larry Nassar scandal
- Author: Wendy Palmer Jan 24, 2018,
Jan 24, 2018, 11:08
The gold medalist slammed the U.S. Olympic Committee for failing to investigate claims of sexual abuse within USA Gymnastics, then "shamelessly taking credit" for the resignation of three board members.
In Michigan, female gymnasts who survived sexual assault and abuse by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar continue to testify against the doctor in court. Nassar has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography crimes, reports Xinhua news agency. He also faces a minimum prison sentence of 25 to 40 years in a separate case after pleading guilty to molesting underage children.
"To believe in the future of gymnastics is to believe in change", she said.
The judge overseeing the sentencing for former MI sports doctor Larry Nassar says victims are an "army" and "sister survivor warriors".
"All these courageous women have power and we will use our voices to make sure you get what you deserve, a life of suffering spent replaying these words delivered by a powerful army of survivors", she said.
Dozens of athletes have accused Nassar of sexual abuse, confronting the former doctor in court over several days of testimony during a sentencing hearing.
"While this may not be what you thought you were getting into, you will be judged by how you deal with it", she said. "Are you listening? I am 15 years old, and I am not afraid of you - nor will I ever be".
A front-page editorial in the MSU student newspaper called for the resignation of university President Lou Anna Simon: "Survivors of ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar's sexual abuse can not move on without change".
The announcement comes during the sixth day of Larry Nassar's sentencing trial. "I, and so many others, would never have met you", Raisman said.