“The army you chose in the late ’90s to silence me, to dismiss me and my attempt at speaking the truth, will not prevail over the army you created when violating us.”
– Tiffany Thomas Lopez, softball player
“I thought that training for the Olympics would be the hardest thing that I would ever have to do. But, in fact, the hardest thing I would ever have to do is process that I am a victim of Larry Nassar.”
– Olympic gymnast and medalist Jordyn Wieber
“The Olympics were just one year away. And I just couldn’t take any more of the abuse. I was broken. Larry, my coaches and U.S.A. Gymnastics turned the sport I fell in love with as a kid into my personal living hell.”
-Mattie Larson, gymnast, world championship medalist
“Let this sentence strike fear in anyone who thinks it is O.K. to hurt another person. Abusers, your time is up. The survivors are here, standing tall, and we are not going anywhere.”
– Aly Raisman, Olympic gymnast and medalist
“I trusted this man, I trusted that he had every intention to heal me, and give me some relief to the excruciating pain I was experiencing. I had no idea that I was being molested. He was so incredibly kind and friendly to me. He really made me feel like he cared about my well-being, when all he really cared about was using me to fulfill his own sick desires. I am so ashamed that I was so blinded to this disgusting game. … But for now I can be at peace knowing that you will never hurt another little girl as long as you live.”
– Carrie Hogan, former gymnast
We should all applaud these amazing young women and their bravery. We should all PRAY that putting the effects of such evil on display will speak volumes to those who would harm a child for their own sexual gratification — especially someone who can use their vocation, as Larry Nassar did, for the worst kind of crimes.
We can’t let these women’s voices fade. Share this, and let’s keep telling their stories!
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