“One of the reasons that the sexual abuse by Larry Nassar went on for so long, the chief prosecutor said at his sentencing, was that children’s claims that they were being abused were ignored by adults,” as the IndyStar is reporting.
“Nassar, who was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years to 175 years in prison, treated young gymnasts and other athletes for nearly 20 years as the team physician for USA Gymnastics and as a sports physician at Michigan State University, before being fired.
“But no one doubted the world-renowned doctor’s explanations and repeated denials of abuse, Michigan Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis said, until IndyStar first published claims of his abuse from former gymnast Rachael Denhollander.
“The Star’s ‘Out of Balance’ investigative series about abuse by Nassar and the failure by USA Gymnastics to protect young gymnasts from child predators was first published in August of 2016. IndyStar reporters Marisa Kwiatkowski, Tim Evans and Mark Alesia filed public records requests in 10 states, reviewed thousands of pages of documents, and conducted interviews with people throughout the U.S. to reveal a long pattern of sexual abuse by USA Gymnastics coaches and assistants. Photographer Robert Scheer and editor Steve Berta assisted in the investigation.
“His (Nassar’s) practiced and perfected abuse spanned over 25 years and included countless victims,” Povilaitis said. “But we know his access to children and young women and his abuse did not end until an investigative news report and one brave woman came public to stop him.”
“‘It shouldn’t take investigative journalists to expose predators. … It should not take one brave woman put into the unenviable position and choice to go public with her name and be the only public person for months.'”
“But thank God we have these journalists, and that they exposed the truth and that they continue to cover this story.”
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