He was once a globally revered sports physician, responsible for the health and well-being of America’s Olympic women gymnasts.
But Larry Nasser abused his position in the most sickening of ways — so far, 156 young women have shared their stories of how he abused them (he was also a doctor at Michigan State University).
The 54-year-old, thankfully, will never see the light of day after pleading guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County in Michigan and being sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison
“You do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said when delivering his sentence last Wednesday.
“I just signed your death warrant,” she added.
Wikipedia describes Nassar (born August 16, 1963) as “an American convicted serial child molester”, and they are accurate in their portrayal of him – the number of women who say they were sexually abused by him now stands at 265.
So, now comes the time for a change – the time to ensure this doesn’t happen to any young woman again – and here is how you can help.
There is a petition gathering steam on change.org — the call to Protect Young Athletes from Sexual Abuse.
The Protecting Young Athletes from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of – known as The Safe Sport Act – would make members of the Olympic movement and youth sports mandatory reporters, and require they implement standard protections to protect athletes and other children from abuse.
If Nassar’s victims had the courage to stand up to their abuser, it’s our responsibility to raise our voices for them.
Help ensure other young women aren’t subjected to this by signing the petition HERE.
Future generations will thank you for it.