Former Gymnastics Trainer & Doctor Larry Nassar Gets his “Death Warrant” for Child MolestationMay 14, 2021
There is a reason why California Megan’s Law, and the rest of Megan’s Laws throughout the United States are in place. Sexual predators lurk in the worst places and threaten to hurt our children. This article is a perfect example of why it is necessary to keep an eye on sex offenders that could be anywhere near our children.
On January 24, 2018, Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40-to-175 years in prison for sexually abusing young girls while working as a trainer for the USA Gymnastics team, and later as a Doctor at Michigan State University.
Over 150 survivors came forward– women and girls –to not only expose him as a predator- but to courageously read off statements regarding this dark truth directly to Nassar, their abuser.
“Little girls don’t stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world.” – Kyle Stephens
After forcing Nassar to face his victims by making him listen to over 150 of their statements in court, Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina addressed the sexual predator herself:
“You do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again. I just signed your death warrant,” she said.
Clearly, Judge Aquilina was more than a Judge during this trial; she also acted as a counselor or therapist by expressing empathy and support for the “survivors,” as she calls them.
“You are no longer victims. You are survivors. You’re very strong,” Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said.
Undoubtedly, a sentencing as big as this one will bring about new ways to prevent something as heinous as this from happening. Amidst this new wave of women’s empowerment and upheaval that we currently find ourselves in, it is that much more symbolic to have all judges and prosecutors alike be women. But, symbolism alone doesn’t hold enough value to make a difference. More needs to be done. A sentencing like this one is a start.
Angela Povilaitis, Michigan assistant attorney general, offers a simple yet important reminder which is to “believe children when it comes to allegations of abuse.”
“At this particular moment in history, this sentencing hearing will be viewed as a turning point in how our community, our state, our nation, our culture looks at sexual abuse,” Povilaitis added.
The entire USA Gymnastics Board and MSU’s Athletic Director resigned in the wake of the Larry Nassar case.
According to Lauren Hopkins, a guest writer for the HuffPost, “Nassar used his charm and his position as national team doctor to make everyone his gossip buddy, his special friend, his best pal ― so that when the world he built one day came crumbling down, he’d have an army of supporters defending him.”
Clearly, more pressure and effort needs to be put into examining what and who gave way for this predator to abuse young female athletes for over 25 years.