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USA Gymnastics executive leaders resigning amid Nassar abuse scandal

USA Gymnastics executive leaders resigning amid Nassar abuse scandal

"For her to say that, ya know, I'm leading this university the best I can, you're not", Lemke said.

The organization has faced widespread criticism from current and former gymnasts over how it handled the accusations of abuse against Nassar.

"I want you to know that your face and the face of all of the sister survivor warriors - the whole army of you - I've heard your words", Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said after a woman spoke in her MI courtroom.

Maroney, now 21, said the abuse began at age 13 and continued until she left the sport.

"I know, and Nassar knows, that in federal prison he will be fed, he will clothed and he'll be provided actual medical treatment". "My mom is still getting billed for appointments where I was sexually assaulted", she said in her statement.

Raisman had the podium for nearly 15 minutes and by the time she was done, she was met with applause from the courtroom and gratitude from the judge. "You made us all feel like we were special, but not the way we want to be special", she said.

Thomas Brennan, a former gymnastics coach, attended Nassar's second day of sentencing in East Lansing, Michigan. I cringe to think your influence remains in the policies they [USA Gymnastics] claim will make athletes safe.

The plea agreement also required that those abused by Nassar be given the chance to give an impact statement at his sentencing hearing.

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"He would see tears leaking out of my eyes and say, "I have to get really deep in there" and 'I can tell it's very tight'". "I honestly grieve for him and I pitty him", Denhollander said.

In addressing Nassar directly, Syrovy asked: "Larry, how many of us are there?"

"In all honesty, I did rip him during that press conference because of the ugly act and the strength of the survivors and the courage that they have gone through, but hoping there was no one else out there that did anything", Izzo said. "Shame on you Larry".

"Dear Tom Izzo, I'm sorry it's been a hard week for you", Lynn Raisman. "I couldn't believe the man I trusted and had even publicly thanked for helping to heal my injuries was a monster to so many people I care so much about", the 2008 Olympic medalist wrote.

Those words, spoken by sexual-abuse survivor Kyle Stephens to her tormentor, Larry Nassar, likely chilled the hearts of every parent in America.

"Larry, you do realize now that we, this group of women you so heartlessly abused over such a long period of time, are now a force, and you are nothing", the 23-year-old said. "How do you trust anybody?"

Following her statement, Aquilina told Stern she is "going to be such a comfort to all of those patients who you have and treat".


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