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Larry Nassar's victims speak out
Some of the 265 people identified as victims of disgraced long-time USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar detail their abuse in court hearings.
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February 03, 2018
Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander makes a statement during the sentencing hearing of Larry Nassar,...
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Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander makes a statement during the sentencing hearing of Larry Nassar, February 2, 2018. Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison for molesting young female gymnasts, capping weeks of horrifying testimony from nearly 200 victims about his decades of abuse. As the judge delivered Nassar's sentence on Monday, Denhollander, the first woman to make her allegations of abuse public in 2016, smiled broadly and squeezed her husband's hand. After Nassar was led out in handcuffs, a parade of victims lined up to hug and thank Denhollander.

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February 02, 2018
Larry Nassar sits in the courtroom during his sentencing hearing in the Eaton County Court, February...
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Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault...
Larry Nassar sits in the courtroom during his sentencing hearing in the Eaton County Court, February 2, 2018. Nassar, who previously received a 40-to-175-year sentence in Ingham County, Michigan, for sexual assault, was sentenced in neighboring Eaton County on a second set of charges. He is also serving a 60-year federal term for child pornography convictions. The doctor offered a brief apology to his victims on Monday, saying, "The words expressed by everyone that has spoken, including the parents, have impacted me to my innermost core. With that being said, I understand and acknowledge that it pales in comparison to the pain, trauma and emotions that you all are feeling. It's impossible to convey the depth and breadth of how sorry I am to each and every one involved. The visions of your testimonies will forever be present in my thoughts."

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February 02, 2018
Friday's hearing was briefly interrupted when Randall Margraves, whose three daughters were all Nassar...
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Randall Margraves lunges at Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November...
Friday's hearing was briefly interrupted when Randall Margraves, whose three daughters were all Nassar victims, tried to attack Nassar in the courtroom before being tackled by officers.

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February 05, 2018
Eaton County Circuit Judge Janice Cunningham said Nassar had again suggested in a pre-sentencing interview...
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Eaton County Judge Janice Cunningham addresses the court during the sentencing hearing of Larry Nassar,...
Eaton County Circuit Judge Janice Cunningham said Nassar had again suggested in a pre-sentencing interview with authorities that his conduct was legitimate medical treatment. "I am not convinced that you truly understand that what you did was wrong, and the devastating impact that you have had on the victims, their families and friends," she told Nassar. "Clearly you are in denial. You don't get it."

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February 05, 2018
Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis (R) greets former gymnast Jessica Thomashow, February 5,...
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Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis greets former gymnast Jessica Thomashow during the sentencing...
Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis (R) greets former gymnast Jessica Thomashow, February 5, 2018. Prosecutors have said there are approximately 265 known victims in total, including Olympic gold medalists like McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman. Athletes were drawn to Nassar for treatment due to his reputation as the go-to doctor for Olympic gymnasts. He disguised his digital penetration of victims as "intravaginal adjustment," a legitimate treatment sometimes used to relieve pain.

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February 05, 2018
Former gymnast Ashley Erickson is hugged by her mother during sentencing, February 5, 2018. "I failed...
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Former gymnast Ashley Erickson is hugged by her mother during the sentencing hearing of Larry Nassar,...
Former gymnast Ashley Erickson is hugged by her mother during sentencing, February 5, 2018. "I failed my own daughter," Lynn Erickson said tearfully in court on Friday, as her daughter Ashley, one of Nassar's victims, wiped away tears.

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February 02, 2018
Madison Rae Margraves gives her impact statement as her parents and sister Lauren listen, February 2,...
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Madison Rae Margraves gives her impact statement as her parents and sister Lauren listen during the sentencing...
Madison Rae Margraves gives her impact statement as her parents and sister Lauren listen, February 2, 2018. Margraves' daughters had also described the impact on their parents. At Nassar's first sentencing hearing last month, his oldest daughter Morgan said her father "went out driving to look for him around East Lansing" after news of his abuse broke. "I'm not exactly sure what he would have done if he saw him," she said. "However, he felt he still had to protect us in the way fathers do for their daughters."

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February 02, 2018
Ashleigh Weiszerbod reads her victim impact statement as her parents stand with her, February 2, 2018....
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Ashleigh Weiszerbod reads her victim impact statement as her parents stand with her during the sentencing...
Ashleigh Weiszerbod reads her victim impact statement as her parents stand with her, February 2, 2018. In both Ingham and Eaton counties, girls and women gave wrenching and powerful accounts of how Nassar abused them, sometimes with their own parents present in the exam room. Many said they spoke out to heal their own wounds and prevent future sexual abuse, many choosing to testify only after watching fellow survivors express a sense of catharsis.

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February 02, 2018
Lavonda Simon reads a victim statement in memory of her deceased daughter, former gymnast Megan Simon,...
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Lavonda Simon reads a victim statement in memory of her deceased daughter, former gymnast Megan Simon,...
Lavonda Simon reads a victim statement in memory of her deceased daughter, former gymnast Megan Simon, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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February 03, 2018
Larissa Boyce told her coach in 1997 that she believed Nassar's actions were wrong but she was warned...
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Former gymnast Boyce makes a statement during the sentencing hearing of former team USA Gymnastics doctor...
Larissa Boyce told her coach in 1997 that she believed Nassar's actions were wrong but she was warned to keep silent. She had been convinced his treatment was legitimate until the wave of allegations made her realize she had been right. "It took so long to get here because people don't want to believe little girls," she told Reuters after the sentencing. "It speaks to the power of power and friendship to protect criminals. Nobody wanted to believe Larry was like this. Now everyone knows."

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January 22, 2018
Victim and former gymnast Bailey Lorencen speaks, January 22, 2018. "I'm just ready for it to be over,"...
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Victim and former gymnast Bailey Lorencen speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former...
Victim and former gymnast Bailey Lorencen speaks, January 22, 2018. "I'm just ready for it to be over," Bailey Lorencen, who was abused by Nassar as a preteen gymnast, told Reuters after Nassar's third sentencing on February 5. "It's finally done."

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February 03, 2018
Taylor Helber gives a victim impact statement, February 2, 2018. The scandal surrounding Nassar has reverberated...
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Taylor Helber gives a victim impact statement, February 2, 2018. The scandal surrounding Nassar has reverberated far beyond the sports world, sparking various investigations into why the U.S. Olympic Committee, sport governing body USA Gymnastics, and Michigan State University, where he also worked, failed to investigate complaints about him going back years.

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February 03, 2018
Kathleen Lovelette gives a victim impact statement as her husband stands with her, February 2, 2018....
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Kathleen Lovelette gives a victim impact statement as her husband stands with her, February 2, 2018. High-level officials at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State have been forced to resign in recent weeks. The U.S. Olympic Committee has launched an investigation into its own conduct as well as that of USA Gymnastics.

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February 01, 2018
Judge Janice K. Cunningham noted the institutional failures that permitted Nassar to continue molesting...
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Judge Janice K. Cunningham addresses the court during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former...
Judge Janice K. Cunningham noted the institutional failures that permitted Nassar to continue molesting girls even after several victims allegedly told coaches, trainers, Michigan State and a local police department about his abuse. "It is unfathomable how many victims would have been spared had authorities acted upon the complaints received years ago," she said February 5.

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February 03, 2018
Erin Poliquin gives a victim impact statement as her mom stands next to her, February 2, 2018. Many of...
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Poliquin gives a victim impact statement as her mom stands next to her during the sentencing hearing...
Erin Poliquin gives a victim impact statement as her mom stands next to her, February 2, 2018. Many of the victims have filed lawsuits against USA Gymnastics and Michigan State, accusing them of ignoring complaints against Nassar.

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January 24, 2018
Victim Rachael Denhollander listens as Larry Nassar is sentenced, January 24, 2018. Denhollander harshly...
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Victim Rachael Denhollander listens as Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded...
Victim Rachael Denhollander listens as Larry Nassar is sentenced, January 24, 2018. Denhollander harshly criticized the university, which has moved to dismiss the litigation on grounds the school cannot be held legally liable for Nassar's actions. "They have put institutional protectionism ahead and above the souls of little children," she said.

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February 03, 2018
Kaitlyn Basel (L) gives a victim impact statement, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Basel gives a victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing of former team USA Gymnastics doctor...
Kaitlyn Basel (L) gives a victim impact statement, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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February 03, 2018
Gabriela Ralph gives a victim impact statement, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Ralph gives a victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing of former team USA Gymnastics doctor...
Gabriela Ralph gives a victim impact statement, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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February 03, 2018
Melissa Vigogne gives a victim impact statement as her husband stands next to her, February 2, 2018....
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Vigogne gives a victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing of former team USA Gymnastics doctor...
Melissa Vigogne gives a victim impact statement as her husband stands next to her, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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February 03, 2018
Katie Black gives her victim impact statement as her dad and coach stand with her, February 2, 2018....
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Black gives her victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing of former team USA Gymnastics doctor...
Katie Black gives her victim impact statement as her dad and coach stand with her, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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February 03, 2018
Former gymnast Valerie Webb gives a victim impact statement as her husband stands next to her, February...
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Former gymnast Webb gives a victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing of former team USA...
Former gymnast Valerie Webb gives a victim impact statement as her husband stands next to her, February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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February 01, 2018
"I used to be excited to meet new people," said Erin Blayer, 17, a high school soccer player, reading...
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Erin Blayer reads her victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing of Larry Nassar, a former...
"I used to be excited to meet new people," said Erin Blayer, 17, a high school soccer player, reading her victim impact statement, January 31, 2018. "And now, quite frankly, I'm scared. You have destroyed the way I look at male role models in my life."

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February 01, 2018
Several victims who had previously been unidentified used their names for the first time at the Eaton...
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Justine Lynn reacts after reading a victim impact statement for her daughter Chandler Lynn (not pictured)...
Several victims who had previously been unidentified used their names for the first time at the Eaton County Circuit Court hearing on January 31, 2018, saying they had drawn strength from the scores of women who spoke at Nassar's first sentencing. "Without them, I would not be speaking up and be admitting for the first time to my family and friends and most importantly to myself that I am a survivor of abuse," Chandler Lynn wrote in a statement read aloud by her mother, Justine Lynn (pictured). "I wish every day that I had the courage to speak up sooner, but all that matters is that I have now, and I'm not ashamed or scared anymore."

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February 01, 2018
Former gymnast Annie Labrie is hugged by Asst. Michigan Attorney General Angela M. Povilaitis after Labrie...
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Former gymnast Annie Labrie is hugged by Asst. Michigan Attorney General Angela M. Povilaitis after Labrie...
Former gymnast Annie Labrie is hugged by Asst. Michigan Attorney General Angela M. Povilaitis after Labrie read her victim impact statement, January 31, 2018. Over and over, women and teenagers stood to recount similar stories of abuse: Nassar, the famous physician who treated Olympic stars, played the role of caring doctor before sexually assaulting them in his exam room under the guise of medical treatment, sometimes with their own parents present.

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February 01, 2018
Mya Covey (C ) reacts to reading her victim impact statement as her parents stand with her. Nassar, 54,...
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Mya Covey reacts to reading her victim impact statement as her parents stand with her during the sentencing...
Mya Covey (C ) reacts to reading her victim impact statement as her parents stand with her. Nassar, 54, previously pleaded guilty to two sets of abuse charges in Michigan's Ingham and Eaton counties. He was sentenced last week to 40 to 175 years in prison in the Ingham County case after more than 150 victims including Olympic gold medalists recounted abuse at his hands in an emotionally wrenching week-long hearing.

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January 31, 2018
Tiffany Dutton reads her victim impact statement as her husband Chad stands next to her. Michigan prosecutors...
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Tiffany Dutton reads her victim impact statement as her husband Chad stands next to her during the sentencing...
Tiffany Dutton reads her victim impact statement as her husband Chad stands next to her. Michigan prosecutors said in court January 31 they have identified more than 265 victims in all. At least 65 victims were expected to offer statements, either written or spoken, during the Eaton County hearing, which is scheduled to last at least three days.

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January 24, 2018
Disgraced long-time USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced on January 24 to up to 175...
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Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault...
Disgraced long-time USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced on January 24 to up to 175 years in prison for molesting young female gymnasts, following days of wrenching testimony from about 160 of his victims, including Olympic medalists. Before the sentence was announced, Nassar apologized to his victims, telling them, "I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days."

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January 24, 2018
Victims and others look on as Rachael Denhollander speaks. The 175-year sentence followed an extraordinary...
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Victims and others look on as Rachael Denhollander speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar,...
Victims and others look on as Rachael Denhollander speaks. The 175-year sentence followed an extraordinary weeklong hearing that saw a parade of Nassar victims tell their stories in raw and unflinching terms, describing how he used medical treatments and their own trust to justify penetrating their bodies with his fingers.

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January 18, 2018
After the verdict, the president of Michigan State University, Lou Anna Simon, said she was resigning...
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Michigan State University (MSU) President Lou Anna Simon speaks after being confronted by victims during...
After the verdict, the president of Michigan State University, Lou Anna Simon, said she was resigning after facing a barrage of criticism for not doing enough to halt the abuse.

"As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable. As president, it is only natural that I am the focus of this anger. I understand, and that is why I have limited my personal statements," Simon said in her resignation letter. "I have tried to make it not about me. I urge those who have supported my work to understand that I cannot make it about me now. Therefore, I am tendering my resignation as president according to the terms of my employment agreement."

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January 24, 2018
Michigan State University Police Chief Jim Dunlap embraces victim Kyle Stephens after the sentencing,...
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Michigan State University Police Chief Jim Dunlap embraces victim Kyle Stephens after the sentencing...
Michigan State University Police Chief Jim Dunlap embraces victim Kyle Stephens after the sentencing, January 24, 2018. "He's going away for a really long time," Stephens said. "He's not practicing medicine anymore. He's not fooling anyone anymore. I think all these little girls grew up into strong women that really rocked his world." Dunlap said: "Despite everything, today is a day that everybody can believe that the criminal justice system worked together, and hopefully that will have a result in more people coming forward -- and that's the important message."

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January 24, 2018
Larry Nassar is led from the courtroom past victims following his sentencing hearing, January 24, 2018....
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Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault...
Larry Nassar is led from the courtroom past victims following his sentencing hearing, January 24, 2018. "I've just signed your death warrant," Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar in imposing the penalty, after delivering a searing rebuke of his years of abuse.

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January 24, 2018
But Aquilina dismissed his statement as insincere, reading aloud from a letter Nassar wrote to her in...
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Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina reads a portion of a letter from Larry Nassar, a former team USA...
But Aquilina dismissed his statement as insincere, reading aloud from a letter Nassar wrote to her in which he claimed he was a good doctor who was "manipulated" into pleading guilty, drawing gasps from courtroom spectators. Nassar also claimed his accusers fabricated claims to gain money and fame and wrote, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." "This letter tells me you still do not own what you did," Aquilina said, after angrily tossing the sheet of paper aside. "I wouldn't send my dogs to you, sir." Aquilina also said he will be required to make restitution to them.

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January 24, 2018
Some victims dabbed their eyes after Aquilina spoke, while Rachael Denhollander, the first victim to...
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Victim Rachael Denhollander speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics...
Some victims dabbed their eyes after Aquilina spoke, while Rachael Denhollander, the first victim to come forward publicly in 2016, smiled. Denhollander (pictured) was the last of the victims to speak on January 24, described by Aquilina as "the bravest person I have ever had in my courtroom." When asked by a reporter if 175 years was the right sentence, Denhollander said: "Absolutely. I am very grateful for Judge Aquilina and the leadership she's shown for all of us." Denhollander criticized and claimed that Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics knew about allegations of abuse years ago and failed to act. "No one believed, because no one listened," she said. "And they are still not listening."

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January 24, 2018
Michigan Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis said the conclusion of Nassar's case takes the...
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Prosecutor Angela Povilaitis speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics...
Michigan Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis said the conclusion of Nassar's case takes the victims' shame and puts it "where it belongs, right on him ... At this particular moment in history, this sentence and hearing will be viewed as a turning point in how our community, our state, our nation, our culture looks at sexual abuse," she said.

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January 23, 2018
Victim Isabel Hutchins is comforted by family after speaking. Although Nassar only admitted to seven...
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Victim Isabel Hutchins is comforted by family after speaking at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar,...
Victim Isabel Hutchins is comforted by family after speaking. Although Nassar only admitted to seven instances of abuse in the case, Aquilina allowed other victims to speak at his sentencing. Throughout much of the proceedings, the bespectacled Nassar sat with his head bowed, rarely making eye contact with his victims.

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January 24, 2018
Victim Kaylee Lorincz said: "I'm so thankful for Judge Aquilina and all the work that she has put into...
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Victim Kaylee Lorincz speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics...
Victim Kaylee Lorincz said: "I'm so thankful for Judge Aquilina and all the work that she has put into it and the team has put into it. I'm kind of at a loss for words right now. I've been crying all day, but I'm so happy." Kaylee's mother Lisa said: "She just is so grown up and so poised, and it was so heartfelt. And, it's like, my brain went back to when she used to compete, and you'd be like, 'oh, that was really good' and I was really proud -- and other things, like when she got her scholarship. Those are nothing compared to how proud I am of her. She's way stronger than I am."

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January 23, 2018
Eighteen-year-old Emily Morales said she wanted to forgive the former MSU doctor Larry Nassar and asked...
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Victim Emily Morales speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics...
Eighteen-year-old Emily Morales said she wanted to forgive the former MSU doctor Larry Nassar and asked that he apologize to her, January 23, 2018.

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January 24, 2018
A victim reacts as Larry Nassar speaks during his sentencing, January 24, 2018.

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A victim reacts as Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017...
A victim reacts as Larry Nassar speaks during his sentencing, January 24, 2018.

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January 24, 2018
Victim Sterling Riethman speaks, January 24, 2018.

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Victim Sterling Riethman speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics...
Victim Sterling Riethman speaks, January 24, 2018.

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January 16, 2018
Kyle Stephens said Larry Nassar, a family friend, began molesting her when she was 6 years old and her...
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Kyle Stephens delivers a victim impact testimony during a sentencing hearing for Dr. Larry Nassar in...
Kyle Stephens said Larry Nassar, a family friend, began molesting her when she was 6 years old and her parents did not believe her when she told them. "You convinced my parents that I was a liar," Stephens said. "Little girls don't stay little forever," she added. "They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world." Once her father realized she was telling the truth, he took his own life, Stephens said.

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January 16, 2018
Dr. Larry Nassar listens to a victim during his sentencing hearing. Nassar pleaded guilty to 10 counts...
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Larry Nassar listens to a victim during his sentencing hearing in Lansing
Dr. Larry Nassar listens to a victim during his sentencing hearing. Nassar pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual assault before Aquilina in November. He is already serving a 60-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in July to child pornography charges in federal court. Nassar has sat through the proceedings with his head bowed, not making eye contact with the victims. He apologized for his crimes at the November hearing, local media reported.

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January 19, 2018
Three-time gold medalist Aly Raisman excoriated Nassar for sexually abusing her and other young women...
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Victim and former gymnast Aly Raisman speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, (R) a former...
Three-time gold medalist Aly Raisman excoriated Nassar for sexually abusing her and other young women entrusted to his care and also lambasted the Olympic organization that failed for years to protect the athletes. Raisman, 23, stared directly at Nassar as she read her 15-minute statement in court. "We have our voices and we will not be silenced," said Raisman, the co-captain of the women's gymnastics squad at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games. "I'm no longer that little girl you met in Australia who you first began grooming and manipulating."

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January 19, 2018
Victim and former gymnast Jordyn Wieber speaks at the sentencing hearing. Wieber was a member of the...
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Victim and former gymnast Jordyn Wieber speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team...
Victim and former gymnast Jordyn Wieber speaks at the sentencing hearing. Wieber was a member of the gold medal-winning women's team at the 2012 London Olympics. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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January 19, 2018
Raisman said she had not planned to provide her testimony, but she was inspired by other victims who...
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Victim and former gymnast Aly Raisman appears before speaking at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar,...
Raisman said she had not planned to provide her testimony, but she was inspired by other victims who had taken the podium. Her anger was targeted as well at USA Gymnastics and her dismay at what she felt is a lackluster reaction to the scandal by newly installed CEO Kerry Perry. Perry, who attended the hearings earlier in the week, was not present Friday. "Unfortunately you have taken on an organization that is rotten from the inside," Raisman said to Perry in absentia. "You will be judged by how you deal with this. We need an independent investigation into what happened, what went wrong and how we can avoid this in the future."

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January 17, 2018
Donna Markham, the mother of Chelsea Markham, testified her daughter was molested by Nassar after seeking...
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Markham makes a statement about her late daughter Chelsey during a sentencing hearing for Nassar's sentencing...
Donna Markham, the mother of Chelsea Markham, testified her daughter was molested by Nassar after seeking treatment for a back injury she suffered in a fall off a balance beam when she was 10, Sports Illustrated reported. Chelsea never recovered from the abuse and it led her to a life of drugs, culminating with her suicide in 2009 at age 23, the mother said according to the magazine. Outside the courtroom, Markham told reporters she felt compelled to speak for her daughter. "I wanted him (Nassar) to hear what happened to my daughter ... the fact that he started the process of her self-destruction," according to video posted on the Lansing State Journal website.

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January 17, 2018
Thomas Brennan, a youth gymnastics coach, confronted Nassar in a Michigan courtroom on the second day...
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Victim Gwen Anderson is escorted by her former gymnastics coach Tom Brennan who speaks out during a sentencing...
Thomas Brennan, a youth gymnastics coach, confronted Nassar in a Michigan courtroom on the second day of a sentencing hearing. "For the record, go to hell," Brennan said, glowering at Nassar. Brennan's outburst came as he stood next to one of Nassar's victims, Gwen Anderson, as she recounted the molestation she suffered at the hands of Nassar. At one point during Anderson's tearful testimony, Brennan barked at Nassar, "look at her." Brennan told Ingham County Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina that he sent more than 100 girls to Nassar, whom he once considered a mentor. "The guilt I feel for that is hard to fathom," he said.

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January 17, 2018
A mother of one-time U.S. Gymnastics team member, Maggie Nichols, who tried to qualify to compete in...
Lansing, UNITED STATES
Gina Nichols, mother of a former member of the U.S. national gymnastics team Maggie Nichols makes a statement...
A mother of one-time U.S. Gymnastics team member, Maggie Nichols, who tried to qualify to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games, makes a statement. "A real doctor never sees a child alone," said Gina Nichols, who said she is a registered nurse and whose husband is a doctor. "You're a serial child molester - a pedophile." Nichols also criticized USA Gymnastics for not properly vetting Nassar, who served as the team's physician through four Olympic Games.

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January 18, 2018
Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, seen here talking to Nassar, has addressed each victim and repeatedly...
Lansing, UNITED STATES
Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina addresses Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who...
Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, seen here talking to Nassar, has addressed each victim and repeatedly said she will make certain Nassar gets a lengthy prison sentence. Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence. "He will die there," Aquilina told one victim. "The next judge he faces will be God."

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January 18, 2018
Prosecutor Angela Povilaitis reads a statement for victim and gymnast McKayla Maroney: "As it turns out...
Lansing, UNITED STATES
Prosecutor Angela Povilaitis reads a statement for victim and gymnast McKayla Maroney during a sentencing...
Prosecutor Angela Povilaitis reads a statement for victim and gymnast McKayla Maroney: "As it turns out much to my demise, Dr. Nassar was not a doctor, he in fact was and forever shall be a child molester, a monster of a human being, end of story. He abused my trust, he abused my body, and he left scars on my psyche that may never go away ... I thought I was going to die that night. Because the national team training camps did not allow parents to be present, my mom and dad were unable to observe what Nassar was doing and this has imposed a terrible and undeserved burden of guilt on my loving family ... Larry Nassar deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison, not only because of what he did to me, my teammates, and so many other little girls. He needs to be behind bars so he will never prey upon another child." Maroney filed a lawsuit last month against the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, alleging she was forced to sign a confidentiality agreement in order to prevent her from going public with any allegations against Nassar. Maroney has said she signed the reported $1.25 million settlement in December 2016 after "years of psychological trauma" and molestation. According to the arrangement, which included nondisclosure and non-disparagement clauses, Maroney or her parents could open themselves to being sued for more than $100,000 for breaking the settlement.

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January 22, 2018
Emma Ann Miller speaks alongside her mother Leslie Miller (R). Miller, 15, says Michigan State University...
Lansing, UNITED STATES
Victim Emma Ann Miller (C) speaks alongside her mother Leslie Miller (R) at the sentencing hearing for...
Emma Ann Miller speaks alongside her mother Leslie Miller (R). Miller, 15, says Michigan State University is still billing her mother for appointments she had with Nassar. Miller said she was 'possibly the last child' he ever assaulted. She said her last appointment with Nassar was in August 2016 and shortly after he was let go by MSU.

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January 22, 2018
Victim Clasina Syrovy: "With my mom in the room, he would perform these 'treatments', he would see tears...
Lansing, UNITED STATES
Victim Clasina Syrovy speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics...
Victim Clasina Syrovy: "With my mom in the room, he would perform these 'treatments', he would see tears leaking out of my eyes and make comments like, 'I have to get really deep in there' and 'I can tell it's very tight'. 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?"

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January 16, 2018
Jade Capua: "You broke and shattered a lot of girls. You manipulated us to trust you because you're a...
Lansing, UNITED STATES
Jade Capua delivers a victim impact testimony during a sentencing hearing for Dr. Larry Nassar in Lansing...
Jade Capua: "You broke and shattered a lot of girls. You manipulated us to trust you because you're a doctor and doctors do no wrong, only heal. You are not a healer. You perform acts of depravity, just as my English teacher described. You are also the one that must face what you have done for the rest of your life. I am no longer broken by you. Every day I grow new strength and look into the mirror to see a strong, unbreakable person. Nothing will ever take away what you have done to me, or to the others that stand behind me. However, we can walk free and radiate the strength that we have gained from your horrific acts -- something you will never be able to do."

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January 22, 2018
Victim and former gymnast Whitney Mergens: "He believed he could relieve some back pain. With my mother...
Lansing, UNITED STATES
Victim and former gymnast Whitney Mergens speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former...
Victim and former gymnast Whitney Mergens: "He believed he could relieve some back pain. With my mother in the room, he managed to slip his cold bare hands up my shorts and slid his fingers into the most personal area of my body. As he pushed I was in much discomfort. It felt like it would last forever. When it was over my 11-year-old innocent mind was oblivious to what had just happened. I knew it hurt, but he was the Olympic doctor, so I thought it must have helped."

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January 17, 2018
Tiffany Thomas Lopez, a former member of USA softball team: "I imagine hitting you, if i ever had the...
Lansing, UNITED STATES
Tiffany Thomas Lopez, a former member of USA softball team, speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry...
Tiffany Thomas Lopez, a former member of USA softball team: "I imagine hitting you, if i ever had the opportunity to see you again. Instead I will allow my thoughts and my feelings to hit your heart. You and your actions have walked with me every step of the way since leaving Michigan State University. Since you've decided to tell the truth about sexually assaulting an army of young women, I'm choosing to stand tall with them and fight back. The army you chose in the late '90s to silence me, to dismiss me and my attempt at speaking the truth will not prevail over the army you created when violating us. We seek justice, we deserve justice and we will have it."

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January 22, 2018
Kamerin Moore: "Larry, initially I was hesitant to come speak here, not because I didn't have anything...
Lansing, UNITED STATES
Former gymnast and victim Kamerin Moore speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team...
Kamerin Moore: "Larry, initially I was hesitant to come speak here, not because I didn't have anything to say to you but because I didn't want the child I am carrying to be in the same room as a child molester. Even unborn life shouldn't be subjected to that. That's how deeply I hate you for what you did to me."

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January 18, 2018
Jamie Dantzscher: "How dare you ask any of us for forgiveness. And how dare you act like you care for...
Lansing, UNITED STATES
Victim and former gymnast Jamie Dantzscher speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former...
Jamie Dantzscher: "How dare you ask any of us for forgiveness. And how dare you act like you care for a second about our healing ... You're a pathetic monster who is only sorry you got caught. I'm here today with all these other women, not victims but survivors, to tell you face to face that your days of manipulation are over."

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January 18, 2018
Former U.S. National team member Jeanette Antolin: "You made me believe that you were my friend. You...
Lansing, UNITED STATES
Victim and former U.S. National team member Jeanette Antolin speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry...
Former U.S. National team member Jeanette Antolin: "You made me believe that you were my friend. You deceived me, you manipulated me and you abused me. I truly believe that you are the spawn of Satan. You used your hotel room as a personal playground to treat us. You used my innocent body as your sexual playtoy. The biggest competition of my life that I trained years for, you stole that from me ... Those little girls that you took advantage of so easily have now come back to haunt you."

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January 22, 2018
Krista Wakeman comforts her mother as she speaks: "I felt my own sense of guilt because I was only 16...
Lansing, UNITED STATES
Victim Krista Wakeman comforts her mother as she speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a...
Krista Wakeman comforts her mother as she speaks: "I felt my own sense of guilt because I was only 16 years old and I should have stopped this monster from hurting other girls because I know what he did to me was wrong."

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January 16, 2018
Alexis Moore: "Are you remorseful for your actions and all of the lives that you have changed forever?"

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Lansing, UNITED STATES
Alexis Moore speaks during a victim impact testimony at a sentencing hearing for Dr. Larry Nassar in...
Alexis Moore: "Are you remorseful for your actions and all of the lives that you have changed forever?"

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January 18, 2018
Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina addresses Larry Nassar, admonishing him after he complained that...
Lansing, UNITED STATES
Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina addresses Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor, who...
Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina addresses Larry Nassar, admonishing him after he complained that it's too hard to listen to victim's testimony. Nassar wrote a six-page, single-spaced letter to the judge saying he was concerned about his mental ability to listen to victims for four days as part of his sentencing hearing. "You may find it harsh that you are here listening. But nothing is as harsh as what your victims endured for thousands of hours at your hands. You spent thousands of hours perpetrating criminal sexual conduct on minors. Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you had at their expense, and ruining their lives."

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