This week, multiple victims of Larry Nassar began giving statements against him during his four-day sentencing hearing.Expected to read are 98 victims and family members. One of the women who spoke blamed the former USA Gymnastics team physician for the suicide of her father. Kyle Stephens was the first to give testimony during the hearing.
During her powerful testimony, Stephens said that Nassar, now 54, was a friend of her family. She said Nassar began molesting her when she was only six.
“You convinced my parents that I was a liar,” Stephens said. “Little girls don’t stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world.”
Stephens went on to say that when her father found out that she was not lying, he committed suicide.
Donna Markham also spoke during the sentencing hearing on behalf of her daughter Chelsea Markham, who Nassar allegedly molested when she was 10, Sports Illustrated reports.
Donna said her daughter never recovered from the abuse, resulting in her suicide at age 23.
According to Reuters, Nassar did not look up to make eye contact with the victims when they made their impact statements. Instead, he kept his head down. He appeared to be wiping away tears at one point during the hearing.
Nassar has pleaded guilty to molestation charges and to federal child pornography charges. He has been accused of sexual abuse by about 140 females. Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman is one of those women. In a “60 Minutes” interview she said, “I care a lot you know, when I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is, I just -- I can't -- every time I look at them, every time I see them smiling, I just think -- I just want to create change so that they never, ever have to go through this.”
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