With the #MeToo movement in full swing, why would the accounts 140 victims be largely ignored? The women, in this case, feel they don’t have the support of the media in their fight. Is there some sort of loophole when a sexual assault gets coverage?
Former gymnastics, and athletes, 140 women, have come forward with accusations against former University Of Michigan doctor for sexual abuse that began as far back as 1997, yet there is no public outrage for them. No headlines telling their stories. Why?
Larry Nassar was sentenced to prison in December for 60 years for child pornography. He awaits sentencing for sexual abuse. But his victims think no one seems to care?
Jerry Sandusky, Bill Cosby, and Harvey Weinstein have made the headlines almost every day. Yet, 140 victims are more than the victims of these three men combined. Why are they not invited to tell their stories? Why no headlines for them?
It seems to these victims the only time Nassar’s disgraceful behavior had made the headlines is when US Gymnasts, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney came forward with their accusations.
But what about the rest? The other 140? Those that have come forward publicly have a story to tell, but MSU and USA Gymnastics Associations don’t want their stories to be told. So the victims have filed a lawsuit.
Parents send their daughters and sons off to college expecting they will be safe. At the very least, secure from abuse from the doctors entrusted to care for them! They put their trust in coaches, trainers, leaders protect their children.
These victims say they told their parents, coaches and MSU trainers, and even police what was happening to them, but time and time again it was swept under the rug.
Multiple MSU employees did not comply with MANDATORY REPORTING but faced no consequences for not doing so.
Numerous college leaders and doctors have resigned from the college, but the victims feel they should face a more severe punishment. They should have been terminated immediately.
According to the victims, the college is still doing nothing. They have said they are sorry but are not willing to take responsibility for allowing this to continue for years!
Survivor Morgan McCaul said her abuse by Nasser began in 2012 when she was just 12 years old and continued for 3 years. Another at 16 for 4 years. Another for six years starting when she was 12 years old.
This so-called doctor sexually abused these girls for two decades under the guise of medical treatment.
Nassar will soon face a judge for the sexual abuse charges for sentencing. Several of the victims plan to be there in court that day to finally tell their stories. They will tell how many years later, they all suffer from PTSD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, migraines, insomnia, and the list goes on. Nassar faces a minimum of 25 years for the charges. But the District Attorney is asking the judge for the maximum sentence of 40 to 125 years. This man should never be out of prison again.
The victims are glad they are finally going to get to come face to face with Nassar and tell their stories. They’re hoping it will help heal some of the wounds. And they have become friends and supporters of each other in their fight against the university and Gymnastics Association.
They are indeed survivors. But we as parents, teachers, coaches, school officials need to start listening and paying attention, and most of all believing our children!
If a 12-year-old girl is allowed to be sexually abused for 10 years or more, someone is not paying attention! Someone is not listening!
We as a country need to show these young ladies and so many sexual abuse victims that we believe them. That we support them. That we care enough to make every abuser’s name make the headlines!