In 2017, news broke that former USA Gymnastics doctor, Dr. Larry Nassar, was accused of sexually abusing more than 140 women. Nassar’s victims included several top gymnasts including Olympic gold medalists McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman.
This week, Nassar was forced to face his victims in court as they read detailed, powerful statements about their sexual abuse experiences. Earlier this week, Nassar’s only nonmedical victim to come forward, Kyle Stephens, made national headlines with her emotional testimony.
On Friday, 23-year-old Raisman was one of several gymnasts who publicly testified against Dr. Nassar during his court trial. Her testimony, which focused on transitioning from being a “victim” of sexual abuse to a “survivor,” was extremely powerful.
"You do realize that we, the women you so heartlessly abused over such a long period of time, are now a force and you are nothing," she said. "The tables have turned, Larry. We are here, we have our voices and we are not going anywhere."
"You abused the power and trust I and so many others placed in you. You were the USA Gymnastics national team doctor,” she said emphasizing the irony that he hurt her instead of healing her. “You were trusted by so many and took advantage of countless athletes and their families."
Raisman continued, "I will not rest until every last trace of your influence on this sport has been destroyed like the cancer it is...If just one adult listened and had the courage and character to act, this tragedy could have been avoided. I and so many others would have never, ever met you."
"You are pathetic to think that anyone would have any sympathy for you. You think this is hard for you? Imagine how all of us feel," Raisman directed at Nassar. "I regained my strength, I'm no longer a victim, I'm a survivor.”
Watch clips from Aly Raisman’s powerful testimony below:
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In other recent news, devastating photos were released of the 13 siblings who were tortured and held captive by their parents.