By Will Price, ’18
One hundred and 50 former and current gymnasts have accused former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar of sexual assault. Nassar was convicted earlier this year to 40-175 years in prison for sexual assault of minors.
The first gymnast to come forward was Rachael Denhollander, who accused Nassar of assaulting her in 2000 when she was 15 years old. Since Denhollander came forward, more than 100 women have come out, including gold medalists Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and McKayla Maroney, accusing Nassar of sexual abuse.
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina delivered harsh words to Nassar during the sentencing in a Michigan courtroom. Aquilina’s handling of the hearings have received praise from media outlets and victims alike.
Aquilina had over 160 victims give their testimonies against Nassar over a seven-day span. After informing Nassar of his decades-long sentence, Aquilina said to him, “I’ve just signed your death warrant. I find that you don’t get it, that you’re a danger. That you remain a danger.”