Former Olympic Medalist Aly Raisman leading the charge against disgraced team doctor


Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar is in serious trouble. The former United States team doctor has pleaded guilty to molesting 10 women and accused of sexual abusing as many as 150 more.

The list of victims even includes notable Olympic athletes Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, and Aly Raisman.

"Little girls don't stay little forever," said Kyle Stevens, a Nassar accuser. "They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world."

Just one day after Nassar complained to Judge Rosemarie Aquilina that it was to hard to listen to his victims stories, Raisman returned into Nassar's life to destroy his world as she painted a gruesome picture of what a culture of sexual abuse looks like.

Raisman followed approximately 70 accusers and delivered a scathing address to Nassar in front of a packed courtroom.

Just a week ago, Raisman was unsure of whether she wanted to confront Nassar face-to-face, but last week that all changed. The Olympic medalist reached out to prosecutors and delivered her address with a swift and deliberate tone.

Could it be coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

It seems as if the spark that started the whole #MeToo movement stems from the infamous Donald Trump video in 2005.

While Candidate Trump was on the bus with former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush, the business mogul recounted episode of sexual assault and supposedly joked and in his words engaged in "locker room talk" about "grabbing them [women] by the pussy."

Somehow almost 63 million people overlooked that horrific discussion and open admission of sexual assault and allowed him to enter into the White House.

Sexual assault is still a real issue that we must deal with as a society daily. Women shouldn't be afraid to chase their passions and dreams, and should be free to express themselves. Women shouldn't be victimized because they are different then men.

Raisman only referred to herself as a victim once during her statement and gave a voice to victims of sexual assault. "I am here to face you, Larry, so you can see I have regained my strength, that I am no longer a victim. I am a survivor," she said.

"Treatments with you were mandatory. You took advantage of that. ... Lying on my stomach with you on my bed insisting that your inappropriate touch would help to heal my pain.

The reality is you caused me a great deal of physical, mental and emotional pain. You never healed me. You took advantage of our passions and our dreams."

To depict such a horrifying scene had to be incredibly difficult, but it addresses the matter at hand and puts a label on sexual assault in this case.

The former Olympian once served as a hero for many women between the lines, but now serves as a source of hope outside of the lines. Raisman works to rebuild the reputation of USA Gymnastics and bring it back to the promised land.

"You already know you're going away to a place where you won't be able to hurt anybody ever again. But I am here to tell you that I will not rest until every single last trace of your influence on this sport has been destroyed, like the cancer it is."

The world needs more people like Aly Raisman and less people such as Larry Nassar. When are we going to stop this ludicrous cycle of harassment? The culture in America has to change.


    ©2020 by Ralph Schudel

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