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"For the past week, survivors came forward to courageously face a perpetrator of evil and to share their painful stories", Raisman wrote, regarding the victims' statements at Nassar's sentencing hearing, in which the gymnasts detailed the abuse they suffered at the hands of the former team doctor - a position he held for more than 20 years.

She sentenced Nassar to 40 to 175 years in prison Wednesday for sexually assaulting girls and young women. Rachael Denhollander was abused by Nassar at age 15.

Numerous victims were teenagers when they were sexually abused by Nassar, with his hands, during medical treatment. These two women now say that they told her about the abuse, specifically what Nassar was doing, and she cautioned them from reporting.

Nassar had already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes.

"Would you like to withdraw your plea?"

"Because you are guilty, aren't you?"

"This is not Judge Aquilina's so-called "circus" that you called it".

"No words can describe the depth and breadth of how sorry I am", Nassar said. He is now in the sentencing phase after convictions of criminal sexual conduct.

She explained that he would abuse her at the USA Gymnastics training site at a ranch in Texas, sometimes in front of coaches and friends in communal areas, according to the BBC.

Aquilina rattled off a series of statistics about the prevalence of sexual abuse before saying, "It stops now".

From there, the number of victims coming forward continued to grow, getting another jolt with the sentencing that began last week.

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The judge estimates that Nassar's sentencing will come sometime mid-morning. Throughout much of the proceedings, the bespectacled Nassar sat with his head bowed, rarely making eye contact with his accusers.

Nearly 160 women and girls have come forward in a MI courtroom to confront Larry Nassar, the former gymnastics doctor who molested them under the guise of medical treatment. The women have included Olympians Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney. Only a monster would harm innocent children the way Larry did.

USA Gymnastics quietly fired its doctor, Larry Nassar, in the summer of 2015 after learning of allegations made against him by female gymnasts. "You were never the problem, but you are part of the solution". She had been an anonymous accuser until she spoke in court this week. But added, "I cannot blame myself for trusting my physician".

Nassar has pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault under the guise of medical treatment.

Nassar, 54, will likely learn his sentence for seven sex assaults on Wednesday, and he faces a minimum 25-year term.

"You have become a man ruled by selfish and perverted desires", she told Nassar, who worked at the university and USA Gymnastics, the governing body that also trains Olympians.

"We feel there has been a huge mishandling of the Larry Nassar case", including a lack of transparency about what university officials knew, and did, about complaints, and a lack of empathy for victims, Pales said.

The NCAA and USA Gymnastics are both headquartered in Indianapolis. He praised the recent resignations of three USA Gymnastics board members, but said all current directors in the organization must also step down.

"The complete detachment from the outside world, on top of careless and neglectful adults, made the ranch the flawless environment for abusers and molesters to thrive", Larson said. "We are here to show you MSU, USA Gymnastics and the world that there is no white flag to wave when it comes to protecting young girls".

Several companies have announced they would not continue to sponsor the federation, including AT&T Inc on Tuesday.


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