Hours after Larry Nassar was sentenced to 175 years in prison, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman took to social media to share an important message with her followers.
“Thank you fellow survivors for your courage, strength, and leadership,” she began. “You have all had an overwhelming impact on me and I am proud to stand with you all – today, tomorrow, and every day that follows.”
As RadarOnline.com readers know, Raisman, 23, was among the hundreds of women who came forward to accuse the former physician of sexual assault.
“As we all continue to process our pain and suffering, it is my hope that in some way, sharing out impact statements is part of our healing process,” Raisman continued. “There are going to be good days and there are going to be tough days, but continue to take strength in the impact your courageous voice has had upon each of us, but also for the all the other girls, boys, women and men out there who remain the shadows but maybe now can see a pathway towards the light.”
Speaking to the judge who stood up for the victims and sentenced Nassar, 54, to an entire life in jail, Raisman added: “To Judge Aquilina, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your leadership, your professionalism, your compassion, and your commitment to allow each and EVERY ONE of us survivors the opportunity to share our impact statements in open court was extremely important and meaningful.”
Raisman – along with various teammates and fellow victims – spoke directly to Nassar during his final court hearing. In her speech, she detailed the sick crimes he committed and explained that despite his biggest efforts, the women he abused were not broken. She assured him that they were not survivors, and he would spend the rest of his days behind bars, remembering what he did to them.
In her Twitter message, Raisman called Nassar’s sexual assault case “the biggest case of sexual abuse in sports history” and assured her followers that, “this story is not over, this story is bigger than Larry Nassar, or Steve Penny, or the three Board members who resigned earlier this week.”
“Thinking otherwise is dangerous to the future generation. Today was an important victory but there is still work to be done,” she concluded.
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