Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman was not allowed to speak at Thursday’s sentencing hearing for disgraced former Team USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Instead, the athlete publicly released her victim impact statement, in which she emotionally addresses Nassar and details the effects of his abuse.
“Shame on you, Larry, you are the worst example of humanity,” Raisman wrote in her statement, posted on The Players’ Tribune. “You promised me that you would heal my injuries. You gave me gifts to make me think you were a good person, to make me believe you were my friend. You were nice so that we would trust you, to make it easier for you to take advantage of so many people, including me. But you lied to me. You lied to all of us.”
Raisman, 23, is one of many current and former athletes to accuse Nassar of sexual abuse. McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas, Rachael Denhollander and more have alleged that Nassar abused them under the guise of medical treatment.
U.S. District Judge Janet Neff ruled last week that victim impact statements could not be read out loud in court and instead should be submitted to the judge for her to …read more