An American horror story

In case you haven’t been following this story, the sentence wasn’t severe enough:

After seven days of listening to more than 160 girls, women and parents describe the impact of his sexual abuse, disgraced gymnastics physician Larry Nassar turned to the courtroom Wednesday and quietly attempted an apology, saying “There are no words that can describe the depth and breadth for how sorry I am for what has occurred.”

Then Judge Rosemarie Aquilina read from a letter Nassar wrote last week in which he expressed very different sentiments. In the letter, Nassar complained about the length of his sentencing hearing, maintained that his touching of patients was legitimate medical therapy, and termed some of the alleged victims’ accounts “fabricated.” As Aquilina read excerpts, some in the courtroom gasped.

“My treatments worked, and those patients that are now speaking out were the same ones that praised me,” Aquilina said as she read Nassar’s words. “ . . . The media convinced them that everything I did was wrong and bad. . . . Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”

The judge then addressed Nassar directly.

“It was not treatment what you did; it was not medical,” Aquilina replied. “I wouldn’t send my dogs to you, sir.”

It comes down to this, under the protection of USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, this animal sexually molested (raped) all of these girls and countless others who didn’t report it. Those who did report it were called liars. Some were forced to apologize to him for impugning his character. In some cases, he molested these girls in front of their parents, saying it was a specific treatment to improve their athletic ability.

He molested the top stars of female gymnastics, including Olympic gold medal winners. And this went on for decades.

I don’t know if I can watch gymnastics again.

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