Former Women’s Olympic Gymnast Doctor Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges

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Two of the ‘final five’ from the 2016 Rio Olympics gymnast team have come forward with accusations of sexual assault against Lawrence Nassar.

On November 22nd, 2017, he faced a judge for the sex charges brought against him after more than 130 molestation cases surfaced.

I pray the rosary every day for their forgiveness. I want them (the victims) to heal. I want this community to heal,” Nassar told the judge and those present in the courtroom.

Nassar plead guilty to penetrating young girls without gloves for a “treatment” that they were under the impression was necessary.

Former gymnast McKayla Maroney was the first Olympian to come forth with her horrific story. Before deactivating her Twitter, she mentioned when she was 15 how when on the way to Tokyo Nassar, “given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a “treatment.” I thought I was going to die that night.

Teammate Aly Raisman’s experience followed, along with Gabby Douglas’ when she apologized for her insensitive tweet (that she later deleted after being called out by her other teammate Simone Biles) where she said, “it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy. dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd.”

 

Gabby Douglas on Twitter

i didn’t correctly word my reply & i am deeply sorry for coming off like i don’t stand alongside my teammates. regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable. i am WITH you. #metoo

When Nassar is sentenced this coming January, his victims are invited to come forward and speak about how his manipulation and abuse has affected them if wish.