Nassar Saga Ends After Unforgivable Oversight
Eric's Ed: The Education
Larry Nassar has been a blight on the face of U.S. Olympic gymnastics-related news this year. As the 2018 Winter games begin, court proceedings continue for Nassar, who is charged with counts of possessing child pornography and sexually abusing multiple young girls, many of whom are now grown women.
Of the 265 women and girls who have accused him of sexual molestation, Rachael Denhollander became the first to file a police report back in September 2016.
Now, Nassar is on his way to a maximum-security federal prison in Tucson, Arizona for a 60-year sentence of possessing child pornography. He will then serve (unlikely due to Nassar's age) two 40-year state sentences for the abuse of only 10 of his victims.
Further investigations have been launched into USA Gymnastics and Nassar's alma matter Michigan State University's processing of these events.
Eric's Ed: The Editorial
This is yet another example of oversight run rampant in the sporting world. A culture of abuse and sexism has again led into the silencing of hundreds of female victims who were sexually abused at the hands of one male individual.
Head coach of 2012 Olympics team John Geddert was verbally and sometimes even physically intense in his coaching style, leading many of Nassar's eventual victims to come to him not only for medical problems, but for emotional support as well.
Institutions allowed Nassar in one way or another to be alone with the girls during sensitive exams, including those that involved Nassar penetrating the vaginas of young athletes for undue reasoning.
Among the abusive staff that tried and succeeded in breeding Olympic stars, there are parents and other higher officials who did not listen to their children and/or athletes; calls of abuse went unheard.
There needs to be active vigilance and knowledge during these situations in order to believe the survivors of — confusing at the time to young victims — malicious sexual crime in order to prosecute someone like Nassar before he accrues more than hundreds of victims throughout years of unforgivable work. The culture needs changing, and attention must be paid to young athletes everywhere.