Day 5: Nassar sentencing will continue Tuesday
Day six of the Nassar sentencing hearing begins Tuesday morning at 9:15am.
When the hearing finished Friday 97 victim's had given their impact statements. Over the weekend 30 more survivors came forward, wishing to share their story.
Bailey Lorencen, previously known as Victim B, was the first to speak Monday. "How dare you think anyone cares about your mental state," she spoke directly to Nassar. "I hope you remember how strong we looked up here." Lorencen notes that it was "highly suggested" to see Nassar, and not her family physician. She says Nassar found her weakness, knew how to get on her side and earn her trust.
"In an environment like Twistars a monster like him could thrive," she noted the abuse she says Geddert inflicted upon all of the gymnasts. "You acted like our friend," referring to Nassar. "His [Geddert] abuse was your fuel. You used his abuse to mask your own pathetic pleasure." In 8th grade into 9th she began to have lower back problems, and she would hope that bruises would appear so Geddert would believe her when she said she was in pain.
At one point her back was broken, and she was put in a back brace for a year, this is when the sexual abuse first happened. 8 other teammates were in back braces. She asked her teammates about the 'treatment', and almost all of them confirmed it happened to them too. "Every appointment I dreaded because of how uncomfortable I was." Nassar informed her that she would have to quit gymnastics if she wanted to walk again, she said that was "music" to her ears.
Now, at 22 years old, she still struggles with severe pain, anxiety, and depression. "I'm so angry and depressed over this thinking that if I had a different doctor, that maybe I would be able to run today," Lorencen said.
"You don't deserve a fair or peaceful ending to your life," she asked Judge Aquilina to give Nassar the maximum penalty. She told Nassar that that he ended up right where he wanted to be, number one, "the worlds number one child molesting pedophile."
Valerie Webb was the next survivor to speak, she was joined by her mother.
Webb says she was abused countless times. She had been a gymnast since she was 4 years old, and joined Twistars when she was 7. She saw Nassar at least once a week. "Seeing him was part of the club, everyone saw him." When she was 10 she says she hurt her back to the point where "gymnastics became a problem." Her description of the abuse echos what other survivors have shared.
To the other survivors, she says, "we need to stand, fight back, and not rest until this mess is mopped up. Each and every crumb."
Whitney Mergens was joined at the podium with her parents, and boyfriend.
Mergens was a full time competitive gymnast. She was only 11 when Nassar abused her. "My 11 year old innocent mind was oblivious to what happened." She was referred to a physical therapist, and hadn't seen Nassar since. The memories came back to her when her mother saw what happened on the news, and asked her directly. She hid the truth from her parents for some time, she didn't want them to worry, "I was not fine, not even close. I needed to tell them."
Mergens struggles with trust issues, and anxiety that she says stems from the abuse. "I want to stand there and see a strong woman, not a damaged one." She told her parents that she doesn't believe it's their fault, "it's Larry Nassars fault."
Marta Stern was the next survivor to speak. At first she wanted to remain anonymous, but has changed her mind and decided to go public. "As a child I always felt weird about your treatments," she said. "As a medical professional, I am sickened by your abuse of power for your own personal gain." Stern says she still struggles, even now, with the impact of the abuse.
Despite all the pain she says Nassar caused her, she wants to forgive him, "the heavy burden is yours." She does not want to carry the "weight" of what he did to her. She also called out Michigan State University, "your lack of accountability is repulsive and inexcusable."
Originally she wished to remain anonymous out of fear, but she says she will not not let Nassar win. "My silence ends today."
Clasina Syrovy, emotional, took a moment to gather herself before she spoke. She was previously known as Jane B 44 Doe, but recently decided to be publicly identified. She says she says she still feels shame, and guilt. Syrovy knew Nassar before he married his wife, and remembers seeing him on TV, thinking she was lucky to have him available to help her.
"I remember him telling me he was my advocate." She goes on to describe the abuse, and says that she would cry because it hurt. She was 'treated' for low back pain at MSU Sports Medicine. "With my mom in the room, he would perform these treatments." She recalled statements Nassar would make during the abuse, things like
She says, "I thought nothing of it. I was being seen by the best. I trusted him, and I trusted the treatment. I now question the intent of the comments he made. His words haunt me. Was he referring to my back? Or to my vagina?"
Even after the child pornography was discovered, she struggled with accepting what happened to her. It wasn't until her brother sent her a text asking her if Nassar had treated her, or done those things to her that she admitted what happened. This was in 2017. As more survivors came forward, she gained the strength to step forward as well.
"Larry, how many of us are there? Do you even know? Did you keep track? Do you know the number keeps rising? And that's only the girls that are actually coming forward. How is it Larry that your secret was kept for so long? I have reflected on this. and the only thing that I have come up with to make sense is the following. As a competitive gymnast we are trained to hide emotion. to control our feelings and keep a level head. show no fear. You preyed on me. On us. You saw a way to take advantage of your position. The all mighty and trusted gymnastics doctor. Shame on you, Larry. Shame on you. we trusted you were doing the right thing. We trusted you were making us better. When it was really for your own sexual gratification. How selfish."
"We all gave up so much. As kids to spend time int he gym. School dances, football games, pep rally's, and just being kids spending time with our friends, our love was gymnastics. we were - to it. and we sacrificed so much to engage in the sport we loved so much. when in reality we sacrificed a lot more, didn't we? Our innocence, our trust in doctors, in medical professionals. That would later transfer into adulthood, and our trust in organizations and institutions to keep us safe. They certainly didn't stand up for us. they stood up for you. They stood behind you. They safe guarded you when people spoke out. MSU did nothing to stop this. The earliest assault according to reports was in 1992. How is that? How is it that you had so much clout in your profession that MSU, USAG, USOC, all turned a blind eye to what was going on when initial complains came in. How did word not spread? How did it not way it's way up the chain of command? What kind of relationships did you form with the presidents, an administration of these insinuations that they stood by you and swept all this under the rug. Well guess what, Larry. None of them are standing behind you now. They are all trying to deny any responsibility as if they never swept anything under the rug at all. They enabled this mess that you started some 20 years ago. with that you have tainted the sport I love, we love, you have made it so that i am embarrassed to tell people i was a gymnast. I am embarrassed to tell people that I went to Great Lakes and Twistars. Now that doesn't mean what it used to. now it means follow up questions. were you one of them. not what level were you. you have torn apart the gymnastics world. but look at us, Larry, look at all of us we are here putting it together trying to make sense of what you did and salvage the sport. I hope your name is never brought up ever again. I hope your name is not tied to gymnastics. I hope your kids don't have to suffer in the shadow of what you did i hope Stephanie can find peace and know that i find now fault with her. you were msu's biggest kept secret. and even when it finally did come out Rachelle had one hell of a time. In a statement you said 'I am so horribly sorry' then why did it go on for twenty years? Your only sorry because you got caught."
She says that after today she will not cry anymore. She asked the judge to take into consideration the words of the victims, she also called out Lou Anna K. Simon. "She is a coward, and doesn't deserve to hold the title of MSU President."
The next survivor is 15-years-old, Emma Ann Miller, she was joined at the podium with her mother.
Miller says it has always just been her and her mother. Nassar has known Miller since she was born. "When I was 10 I was a monthly patient treating for a back injury. He was a world renowned doctor, I was honored to be a patient." Miller says she was assaulted multiple times, at multiple appointments. Her family is still receiving bills for appointments where she was sexually assaulted. The last appointment was in August of 2016, a week later he was let go by MSU.
Miller believes MSU, Twistars, and USAG should have stopped Nassar. "You need to do redeeming acts, you need to put others first." She wants Nassar to speak out, to share how many times he could have been stopped. "Don't tell us that you never got that phone-call from Klages." -- "we know you two spoke about it, we know you had a phone-call. Please, Larry, help my sisters. This would be a redeeming act." She says that Nassar needs to confess the facts, and that he can help others.
"I am more than how he treated me. I am not letting him take anymore time away from me." She says she was manipulated for years, and abused even in the supply room. "Don't be afraid, a 40 year minimum sentence is not long enough." She says Nassar knew what was coming, knew how many women would share their stories and that's why Nassar wrote his letter to the judge.
"You will never talk to another woman again. Except for one holding a gun, a taser, and a billy club," Miller says to Nassar. She asks the judge to imagine a life Nassar would have if he had to live in the outside world. She says this would be cruel and unusual punishment, because he would have to face his accusers every single day. "He has forever identified his name with child sexual abuse," and she says his legacy has been poisoned by what he did.
Miller wants Nassar to be forced to make a decision. She asked the judge to give Nassar more than the maximum sentence allowed in the plea agreement, which would mean Nassar would have to choose between accepting the deal and going to court. Send a message to Nassar "that reflects the gravity and destruction of what he caused."
Miller continues to call out Michigan State University, "my story, our story, mine, and yours, is going to be titled Miller Vs. MSU." She says while she can support the green, and white, she can still hold MSU accountable. "Not just MSU, but all the individuals who could have stopped this." Miller believes that this is not over, and that the survivors are "just getting started."
144 survivors will be reading their victim impact statements before Nassar is sentenced. They will either be read by the survivors, or read for them. Amanda Smith was the 96 survivor to speak, 104th if parents, and supporters are included in that count.
Amanda Smith was the first to speak after the 15 minute break, she was joined at the podium by her husband. Smith was a gymnast, and involved with Twistars. Her family moved to be closer to the gym when she was 9 years old. She first met Nassar when she was injured at practice. "He treated my friends, he laughed with all of us, he made us trust him. He was our safe haven, to turn to when things got bad." When she was 14 she quit gymnastics, and took up poll vaulting. She fell, and hurt her back. "I was pretty sure my tailbone broke that day." She went to Nassar's office for treatment, "it may hurt now, but he's a doctor, a god, he knows what he's doing."
She says now, at the age of 26, she notes that she has never had a doctor hold their body as close to hers. "It was not until recently that I put two and two together. You abused me. You violated my body." She says when she married her husband, the love of her life, Nassar congratulated her on social media. Nassar even liked photos of her children. "You were, in fact, the monster that they said you were."
Smith decided to have her voice heard at this hearing to teach her children to speak the truth, even when it hurts. "My voice will be the voice for the voiceless," she says calling out USAG, and MSU. "Today, right now, this is my freedom."
Taylor Livingston was the next to speak. She says she has only recently begun to allow herself to process what happened to her. "He is just a monster," a monster she says she saw repeatedly during her gymnastics career. She says she cannot remember her first few encounters with him. She saw him when she was 13 in 2009, and this continued into her college career in 2014.
Her father, who was terminally ill, was in the room while Nassar abused her. She says Nassar gave her olympic pins after the abuse. Her father passed away from the illness, he died without knowing that Nassar abused her. "He would have died with so much guilt," so she kept the truth from him. That decision still haunts her. "I feel guilty that I can't remember all my visits with him."
During the treatments she never felt safe. She still struggles with depression, anxiety. "Life is a chore. Life is a constant fight. I don't trust anyone, and I am never comfortable. I keep my feelings to myself because for so long I felt I had to." She believes the abuse damaged the relationship she had with her dad, and she is mad. "I am mad for my dad. I am mad that this monster took advantage of my dad's trust."
"What you have done is despicable. What you have done you can never erase," she says she finds peace in knowing that one day Nassar will die. "I believe you are past the point of forgiveness. When you die, you are going to hell." Livingston says Nassar is not the only one to blame for this, she also blames MSU, USAG, and any staff members of Twistars who might have known or heard rumors.
The next two survivors decided to remain anonymous.
The next statement was read on behalf of the survivor, Presley Allison. Initially, she did "not want to give another minute of my time" to anything that had to do with Nassar. "What Larry Nassar did to me will forever be part of my past." She says she was abused while her mother was in the room. She requested the judge give Nassar the maximum sentence.
The next survivor to speak drove from out of state to be there, Kamerin Moore. "Larry, initially I wasn't going to come here and say anything to you." She says she didn't want to be in the same room as him, didn't want her unborn child to be in the same room as him.
She first saw Nassar for an injury when she was 10-years-old. "You allowed me to come to your house late at night, or had me sneak into the back door at MSU for treatment." By the time she graduated she had multiple files to hold all the paper work from his visits. Her father passed away when she was 12, and Nassar was the only adult male she trusted. "You would talk trash about my coaches because you knew how much I hated them."
She says Nassar cried to her, at his home, alone, as he shared his deepest secret about his family. Moore did not disclose what that secret was. She continued to describe the abuse, "all the while talking to me as if what you were doing was perfectly normal." She says he abused the trust that she, and others put in him for his own "sexual gratification."
"You molested a little girl who had just lost her father," she says Nassar used her fathers death to manipulate her. "Was my suffering making it that much more pleasurable for you?" Moore's mother considered Nassar a friend, and trusted him. Moore says her mother now feels that she failed because she didn't see through Nassar's lies.
Moore expressed the struggles she goes through on a daily basis. "I could go on for days about the ways you changed me. But that would be a waste of time, wouldn't it? Because you don't care." Moore also says Nassar asked her if he could videotape himself molesting her to help 'teach other doctors.'
Moore says her brother saw Nassar for treatment. She says Nassar removed parts of his clothing in front of a female victim in his basement and used acupuncture needles near his genitals to treat a shoulder injury.
"You will never mean anything to anyone for the rest of your entire life."
Kirsta Wakeman was the next victim to speak, she is going public after originally wanting to remain anonymous.
She says her boyfriend at the time was in the room with her while Nassar assaulted her. "I immediately told him what happened after the appointment," then called her mother. Her mother didn't believe her, because her sister had been going to Nassar for years before Wakeman did. "We figured it was just his type of manipulation," she says Nassar manipulated not only her body but also her mind. "I was 16 years old, and I should have stopped this monster from hurting other girls."
She continues to ask Nassar why, "but we will never know the answers." She says she is terrified to allow her daughter to be a gymnast, "and I know she will be because it's in our blood." She says she will protect her daughter. "With being a new mom I couldn't ever imagine my life without my daughter in it." She tells Nassar that he will not be able to watch them grow, and she hopes Nassar will rot in prison. "We all know what happens in prison to child molesters."
She asks the judge to give the maximum sentence, "the animal needs to be in his cage."
The next statement was read by a mother, Paula Daniels, on behalf of her daughter, Samantha Daniels. She was joined at the podium by Kaylee, her daughters best friend. She says her daughter really wanted to be there, but she is in the military and unable to be there.
Daniels was in gymnastics from the ages of 4 - 16,"it taught me discipline, determination, and that family doesn't have to be blood." She says Nassar often made friendly conversation with the gymnasts, and they confided in him. He had an "amazing reputation." She says Nassar performed multiple procedures that he said were necessary. Nassar abused her in her own home, at his MSU office, in Nassar's basement, and at Twistars. Her mother was usually in the room with her. "He stole my innocence from me, and I had no idea."
"Same on you," she says to the adults that knew about the abuse and did nothing. "Shame on all of you." Daniels still struggles with anxiety. "Know that these little girls are all grown up now, and I pray that they haunt you every single day." She says Nassar is getting what he deserves.
Paula Daniels shared her statement next.
When she first heard the news, she didn't want to believe it. She thanked the girls who first came forward about the abuse. When she first discovered, she was relieved, because she knew she had been with her daughter to every appointment. Little did she know that didn't matter. "I also remember how strange it was to always get through to you to discuss injuries and treatments." She says Nassar seemed knowledgeable, and as a parent she just wanted her daughter to get better.
"I remember sitting through hour and a half long massages, completely unaware of where your hands actually were or what they were doing." She says she often passed the time looking through her phone, and she wonders if she would have caught anything if she had paid more attention. Daniels recalls asking Nassar "Do I owe you anything?" She says it seems kind of sick, but he would reply with 'no worries.'
She hopes that the survivors can return to a normal, and carefree life. She is grateful that so many survivors came forward. "You are still innocent," she says to the girls who say Nassar stole their innocence.
The next survivor chose to remain anonymous.
The next statement was read on behalf of Alliree Gingerich.
"I used to see the good in everyone, now I see the worst, even if it's not there." She says the abuse has affected every aspect of her life. She trusted Nassar, and now she doesn't even trust herself. "I went to Larry Nassar to be healed," over the course of her treatments she was sexually abused.
She says she lives with the pain everyday. She says the relationship with her parents, specifically her mom, have been tarnished. "I live in a state of constant fear," she is reminded of the abuse each and every day. "I am just one of the many lives that's ruined."
Megan Farnsworth's statement was read on her behalf.
"I was of many who at first didn't believe the allegations," after going through the grieving process she has more of an understanding. "It is hard not to say to myself, but how did I not see it?" She says his career, his family, his community, is gone because of his actions. "He took away my choice over my own body," she feels violated. "He took something from me that I will never gain."
He will live with the pain he has caused until "his end comes."
Kourtney Weidner's statement was read on her behalf.
"He knows what he is doing, and he is the Olympic doctor," is what she told herself. That thought is what held her back from telling an adult, and instead she internalized her own feelings. Weidner describes the physical pain, and emotional trauma she has suffered because of the abuse.
"We came to you for healing, and trusted you to do so." She is disgusted with how the abuse continued for so long. She is sickened with how MSU acted.
Weidner says she is married to a wonderful man, who respects her, and encourages her to heal.
The next survivor, know as A.N., had her statement read on her behalf.
"Larry, I came to you as a teenager that just wanted to dance." One of her appointments was a few days before her senior prom, and a dance competition. Nassar told her that he could help her, and she trusted him. He did not help. She went to other doctors after that, and she says they did help her. She still struggles with anxiety.
"This summer I became certified as a youth protection advocate and dance instructor," she is now a mandated reporter. She says, like the lotus flower, she will rise from the muck and mud and become something beautiful in this world.
Charla Burill's statement was read on her behalf.
In 2000 she made it onto the MSU Cross Country team. She was in pain, Nassar identified her injury as Ischium tuberosity. "You were the doctor that would give me a hug, that seemed to understand. You also knew that I was willing to do anything to get better." She says she never questioned Nassar's treatment, until the day Nassar denied ever penetrating a patients vagina. "I simply did not question treatment because you were the doctor I trusted most."
In 2017, she says she doesn't know. "Did you molest me, or was it treatment?" She says Michigan State University no longer has her files. Burill says a chiropractor has performed the same treatment, but he did not make comments that made her feel uncomfortable.
Lauren Michalak, statement read on her behalf, was in the eight grade when the abuse began. "He used his position of power, as a doctor, do to inappropriate things to me." She says it is time for the survivors to speak their truth, and that justice needs to be served.
The next victim statement comes from Sherry Bradley, her daughter Vanasia was molested by Nassar. She says she was in the room while her daughter was molested, "I feel so betrayed by Mr. Nassar." Not only does she feel betrayed by Nassar, but the medical system, and USAG. "I am so disgusted and distraught by this."
She says that Nassar is a sick man, who has an addiction. "I have prayed for Mr. Nassar," she says she has forgiven Nassar for the crimes he has committed. She notes that forgiveness does not mean she condones what he has done.
Breanne Rata, her statement was also read by the AG's office.
She was referred to Nassar when she was 17 years old, "you were my last hope to finding a solution to my disabling problem." She says the criminal trial has forced her to experience it all again. "My emotional and physical strength were drained," she wanted nothing more than to dance again.
While the treatment did help her pain, Nassar touched her in unnecessary ways "you told me what you would do, but you went beyond that." She was sexually active during the time of abuse, and understood where his fingers were and what that meant. She spoke to another doctor who has confirmed that what he did was not necessary.
"My only relief is knowing that my picture is no longer on your wall at your Michigan State office."
A victim's advocate read Erin McCann's statement.
"It is so very difficult to put the trauma and suffering of this assault into words." She says the assault has affected her relationships, and she deals with trust issues. She struggles getting out of bed in the morning, and struggles going to work. "I was once very active, and no longer feel like working out or exercising."
"I relive the pain and trauma every-time I shower, use the bathroom, or undress," she has flashbacks to the experience every-time she sees her own body. "I also suffer from concentration, and memory impairments that affect me on a daily basis."
She says her hard work and dreams to become a big ten athlete have been tarnished by the assault. She was injured shortly after making the team, and referred to Nassar. "His assault has tainted the memory of my dream." She was told repeatedly how honored she should feel to be sen by Nassar. "It was not honor, it was disgust."
The next survivor, Catherine Hannum, is out of state, and had her statement read for her.
She was 19 when she became a patient of Nassar, she was a rower for MSU. Nassar was highly recommended, and people assured her that he would be able to get her back to the sport she loved.
She goes on to describe the abuse, "you were abrasive and careless." She wishes she had been self-assured enough at the time to stand up for herself. The physical aspect of the abuse is not what haunts her, it's the being brainwashed. "This has me questioning everything." She says Nassar would walk around the room with an erection.
She says three other young women shared stories of abuse with her while she was in college. Their insistence that it wasn't abuse, stopped her from speaking out. She still struggles with the emotional repercussions of the abuse, and has a hard time trusting people. She says there are very few men she would consider hugging, because that is how Nassar would end their appointments.
The next victim wishes to remain anonymous.
The next survivor, Jessica Rodriguez, shared her story in video format.
She, up until recently, had positive memories of her gymnastics career. In 1997 she didn't think her back pain would allow her to finish the competition, and she trusted Nassar and USAG to take care of her pain. "Now I can't trust anyone anymore." She says USAG failed hundreds of them, "by ignoring all these red flags." She says USAG should be held accountable.
"I find myself in a position where I must rob my children of the freedom they deserve," because she struggles with trusting anyone. She hopes that a lesson will be learned from all this, so that it will never happen again.
The next victim chose to remain anonymous.
The next statement was read on behalf of Morgan M.
She was only 16 when Nassar abused her, her mother was in the room. When she was a junior at Michigan State University she sought out Nassar, again "thinking he was the best of the best." At her last appointment Nassar penetrated her, she was at the appointment alone. "I remember it was my neck area that was hurting, so why was he near my lower extremities at all."
She said the worst part was realizing that he wasn't wearing gloves. She remembers thinking "wow, this guy's an idiot." She says she should have said something to someone, but she didn't. She didn't realize it was okay to say something to an authority figure. After the appointment she called her boyfriend, and said that something was wrong, and that Nassar was going to get in trouble someday. She worked to repress the memories, a decade later her suspicions were confirmed. She regrets not saying anything at the time.
Victim 127 wishes to remain anonymous, her statement was read on her behalf.
"Why would a doctor do something to me that was a crime?" She says she is single, and hasn't been in a long term relationship because she struggles opening up to and trusting people. "If you can't trust a doctor, than whom can you trust?" She does not want anyone to feel sorry for her. Victim 127 says her father was in the room with her during the abuse. "I could start crying thinking about what my parents are going through, that's what hurts the most."
Victim 142 also wishes to remain anonymous, the statement was read on her behalf.
When she thinks of Nassar, she is sad. Sad for the community, for MSU, for all the young women he hurt. "I truly believed that you wanted to help me," and looking back the memories are twisted and she has a hard time making sense of it. "What seems the most unfair is I am the one left to pick up the pieces."
Nassar was a last resort, he did not help with the pain, and the pain still persists. "I wasted my time for years going to appointments at your office," and she says she is still wasting her time and energy trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces. "I picked myself up, the physical pain I experienced, and I can do it for this." However, she can't make it better for her mother, "the relationship we have now is fragmented"
Victim 162, the statement was read on her behalf.
She describes emotional abuse by a female coach, that coach got her an appointment with Nassar before an event. She alleges that Nassar asked her male coach to leave, because it would be "inappropriate" for him to be there. Her female coach stayed in the room, chatting with Nassar as he penetrated her. "I remember holding my breath, paralyzed," she, at the time, didn't realize it was abuse. She blames this, partly, on the culture of gymnastics.
Victim 162 has been diagnosed with PTSD.
"USAG, and Larry Nassar, I am tough enough. It is you who are weak."
Victim 186, read on her behalf.
She says she feels foolish for trusting Nassar, and believing he was a friend. "I am heartbroken for all of us," she says referring to the survivors, and Nassar's family, and children. She says she is also heartbroken that the abuse could have been stopped 20 years ago. "Now is the time for us to begin the healing process."
"All he'll have is bars, and never see the light of day because of us."
Victim 185, statement reading on behalf of the mother of a victim.
"What has been done to her has affected our entire family," her daughter is currently 14-years-old. "What our friends and family see is a typical family, with a typical teenage girl," but she says they're not typical. Her daughter went from a bubbly social butterfly, to a sullen, quiet, cold girl. Geddert is the one who made her see Nassar.
Geddert would ignore all other doctor's advice, and tell her that only Nassar could fix her. Nassar even offered to see the victim at his house, and he wanted to see her at least 3 times a week until she was better. "Our appointments sometimes lasted hours," she notes that Nassar always positioned himself so that she couldn't see her daughter. Nassar would also talk about "strange things, like sex, drugs, and rock and roll."
Her daughter would often leave the appointments in tears, expressing that she wanted Nassar to stop. "After about four months of treatments without progress," they did quit seeing Nassar. It was after that Victim 185 had unusual behavior, she took her to a therapist. When the news broke about Nassar, her parents asked, and "the floodgates opened." They wanted Nassar to pay the ultimate price for what he has done. "She thinks she can bury this experience deep down, and pretend nothing happened, but I know she can't."
"My daughter should not have been a victim, they could have stopped him years ago, and neglected to do so." She wants those responsible to pay with their careers, and believes they should spend time in prison. She calls for Schuette to investigate further.
To all the women who have come forward, "you are heroes." She thanks them for their bravery, and for their courage.
Victim 73, statement read on behalf of the mother of a victim.
Her daughter was 10 years old when she was first injured. "Not only would this man text, and call her, he also communicated with her on social media." Nassar would bring Victim 73 small gives, and see her at his home. "This monster hurt my baby, he assaulted her hundreds of times over a 4 year period."
The survivor suffers from anxiety attacks, and sleepless nights. "She does not feel comfortable around her own grandfather, father, and brother," all because she once trusted Nassar not to hurt her - but he did. She takes medication to help with the anxiety.
"We will support her, and do whatever it takes to bring her back," she calls out the system that "failed" her daughter. She requests that the court give Nassar the full punishment.
Victim 165, statement read on behalf of the mother of a victim.
Her daughter began seeing Nassar at the age of 10. They believed Nassar could help her stay in the sport she loved, gymnastics. "Her innocence, spirit, childhood, and confidence," has been broken. Through those years the family became close with Nassar. "How could this happen right in front of us?" She feels as though she failed her daughter, "she believed this man, she trusted in all that he did for her."
"This monster destroyed my daughters trust," she says her daughter cried for months before coming forward with what happened to her. "I blame myself, it has destroyed me, and taken away all trust." She says she no longer even trusts the dentist, all because of "this monster." Her daughter is now, quiet, reserved, and judgemental.
"You can't even apologize for your actions," she continues to call Nassar a demon, and spawn of Satan. "I hope you sit in your cement cell, and replay everything that was said." She requests that Nassar receive the maximum sentence of 125 years.
Court will resume Tuesday at 9:15am.
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Day 2: Survivor says many more need to be held accoutable for lack of action
Day 3: Parents' of victims read statements in court
Day 4: Survivor says this is the worst epidemic of sexual abuse in the history of sports
Day 6: Survivor to Nassar "we are powerful, and you are powerless"