Larry Nassar’s trial has ended, but the dialogue about sexual assault and responsibility continues on — in part.
In Lansing, Michigan, under the gavel of Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, the sexual abuser obtained a 40- to 175-year sentence on Wednesday. The punishment was given after more than 150 women and girls told their tales of abuse during his sentencing hearing that was multi-day. The former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor had pled guilty to ten counts of sexual assault in two Michigan counties. This sentencing covers seven of the 10 counts, with the other sentencing for the counts expected later this month.
Raisman acknowledged her fellow lands in a powerful way on Thursday: a full-page ad in the Detroit Free Press devoting the women and women by name (and by number, for individuals who didn’t need to go public).
Besides the listing of titles, Raisman penned an announcement thanking everyone — such as her “fellow spouses” and Judge Aquilina — for listening. She also thanked relatives, members of the media for reporting, and law enforcement for their diligence and friends for their support.
“There are going to be good days and there are going to be tough times, but keep to take strength in the impact your brave voice has had upon every one of us, but also for all of the other women, boys, men and women around who stay in the shadows but perhaps now they could see a pathway towards the light,” she wrote in a statement shared with her social media accounts.
You can read the complete statement following the trial under of Raisman:
Detroit Free Press gave the survivors a similar honor. The paper’s cover on Thursday recorded their titles and a notice that read, “These women bravely came forward with their heartbreaking statements, ensuring no one would forget what the monstrous doctor who worked at Michigan State University and for USA Gymnastics did to them.”
Nassar obtained a sentence on child porn charges.
Correction: This post was updated to explain the sentencing event around Larry Nassar.