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The West Coast Conference announces its 2018 preseason rowing poll and All-WCC team, as voted on by the head coaches.
2018 WCC Preseason Rowing Poll
The West Coast Conference announces its 2018 preseason rowing poll and All-WCC team, as voted on by the head coaches.
The West Coast Conference announces its 2018 preseason rowing poll and All-WCC team, as voted on by the head coaches.
2018 WCC Preseason Rowing Poll
The West Coast Conference announces its 2018 preseason rowing poll and All-WCC team, as voted on by the head coaches.
The West Coast Conference announces its 2018 preseason rowing poll and All-WCC team, as voted on by the head coaches.
2018 WCC Preseason Rowing Poll
The West Coast Conference announces its 2018 preseason rowing poll and All-WCC team, as voted on by the head coaches.
The West Coast Conference announces its 2018 preseason rowing poll and All-WCC team, as voted on by the head coaches.
2018 WCC Preseason Rowing Poll
The West Coast Conference announces its 2018 preseason rowing poll and All-WCC team, as voted on by the head coaches.
<p>NCAA stands for National Collegiate Athletic Association.</p><p>The non-profit organization is made up of 1,117 schools that are split into 40 conferences. among three divisions. Division II schools do not have as many athletic scholarships to offer as Division I schools, and Division III schools do not award any athletic scholarships.</p><p>There are 24 sports played by NCAA teams. Baseball, basketball (men&#39;s and women&#39;s), beach volleyball, bowling, cross country (men&#39;s and women&#39;s), fencing, field hockey, football, golf (men&#39;s and women&#39;s), gymnastics (men&#39;s and women&#39;s), ice hockey (men&#39;s and women&#39;s), lacrosse (men&#39;s and women&#39;s), rifle, rowing, skiing, soccer (men&#39;s and women&#39;s), softball, swimming and diving (men&#39;s and women&#39;s), tennis (men&#39;s and women&#39;s), indoor track (men&#39;s and women&#39;s), outdoor track (men&#39;s and women&#39;s), volleyball (men&#39;s and women&#39;s), water polo (men&#39;s and women&#39;s) and wrestling are the sports the NCAA offers.</p><p>The organization was founded in 1906 and its headquarters is in Indianapolis.</p><p>There are 351 teams in Division I men&#39;s basketball, 349 Division I women&#39;s basketball teams and 252 Division I football teams (129 in Division I-A and 123 in Division I-AA).</p>
What Does NCAA Stand For?

NCAA stands for National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The non-profit organization is made up of 1,117 schools that are split into 40 conferences. among three divisions. Division II schools do not have as many athletic scholarships to offer as Division I schools, and Division III schools do not award any athletic scholarships.

There are 24 sports played by NCAA teams. Baseball, basketball (men's and women's), beach volleyball, bowling, cross country (men's and women's), fencing, field hockey, football, golf (men's and women's), gymnastics (men's and women's), ice hockey (men's and women's), lacrosse (men's and women's), rifle, rowing, skiing, soccer (men's and women's), softball, swimming and diving (men's and women's), tennis (men's and women's), indoor track (men's and women's), outdoor track (men's and women's), volleyball (men's and women's), water polo (men's and women's) and wrestling are the sports the NCAA offers.

The organization was founded in 1906 and its headquarters is in Indianapolis.

There are 351 teams in Division I men's basketball, 349 Division I women's basketball teams and 252 Division I football teams (129 in Division I-A and 123 in Division I-AA).

Let’s be clear, no one wants unwanted guests, and these Asian carps are here to prove that theory right. It makes sense really, because we too hate to be bothered when we are in our happy place. It’s the place where we can isolate ourselves from the outside world and just do whatever we want without the interference of other people. Now just imagine how these fish were feeling when those boys decided to row their boat inside of their comfort zone. Of course they would be angry. Watch as a team of college rowers from Washington University encounter hundreds of flying Asian carp fish during a <a href="https://rumble.com/v3131o-london-2012-olympic-rowing-workout.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:training session" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">training session</a> on Creve Coeur Lake outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Of course, the boys didn’t mean any harm, but these little guys were angry and out for blood, or a seat as it would later turn out. The footage shows as the guys are trying to row to the dock, but are midway interrupted by a group of hundreds of fish. They literally <a href="https://rumble.com/viral/v1225701-flying-fish-take-over-shore.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:fly" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">fly</a> out of the water and above the row boats, hitting the team in the process. One of the angry fish actually took the seat of one of the rowers and brought it with them inside the water. The footage ends with the boys getting to the dock, soaked to their skin and sitting unbelieving on their seats while the coaches laugh it off. What do you think you would do in a situation like this one? Would you row faster or just drop everything you’re holding and cover your face to escape the attack. We must say, we don’t see these kinds of things happen every day!
Rowing Team Attacked By Flying Asian Carp Fish
Let’s be clear, no one wants unwanted guests, and these Asian carps are here to prove that theory right. It makes sense really, because we too hate to be bothered when we are in our happy place. It’s the place where we can isolate ourselves from the outside world and just do whatever we want without the interference of other people. Now just imagine how these fish were feeling when those boys decided to row their boat inside of their comfort zone. Of course they would be angry. Watch as a team of college rowers from Washington University encounter hundreds of flying Asian carp fish during a training session on Creve Coeur Lake outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Of course, the boys didn’t mean any harm, but these little guys were angry and out for blood, or a seat as it would later turn out. The footage shows as the guys are trying to row to the dock, but are midway interrupted by a group of hundreds of fish. They literally fly out of the water and above the row boats, hitting the team in the process. One of the angry fish actually took the seat of one of the rowers and brought it with them inside the water. The footage ends with the boys getting to the dock, soaked to their skin and sitting unbelieving on their seats while the coaches laugh it off. What do you think you would do in a situation like this one? Would you row faster or just drop everything you’re holding and cover your face to escape the attack. We must say, we don’t see these kinds of things happen every day!
Let’s be clear, no one wants unwanted guests, and these Asian carps are here to prove that theory right. It makes sense really, because we too hate to be bothered when we are in our happy place. It’s the place where we can isolate ourselves from the outside world and just do whatever we want without the interference of other people. Now just imagine how these fish were feeling when those boys decided to row their boat inside of their comfort zone. Of course they would be angry. Watch as a team of college rowers from Washington University encounter hundreds of flying Asian carp fish during a <a href="https://rumble.com/v3131o-london-2012-olympic-rowing-workout.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:training session" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">training session</a> on Creve Coeur Lake outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Of course, the boys didn’t mean any harm, but these little guys were angry and out for blood, or a seat as it would later turn out. The footage shows as the guys are trying to row to the dock, but are midway interrupted by a group of hundreds of fish. They literally <a href="https://rumble.com/viral/v1225701-flying-fish-take-over-shore.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:fly" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">fly</a> out of the water and above the row boats, hitting the team in the process. One of the angry fish actually took the seat of one of the rowers and brought it with them inside the water. The footage ends with the boys getting to the dock, soaked to their skin and sitting unbelieving on their seats while the coaches laugh it off. What do you think you would do in a situation like this one? Would you row faster or just drop everything you’re holding and cover your face to escape the attack. We must say, we don’t see these kinds of things happen every day!
Rowing Team Attacked By Flying Asian Carp Fish
Let’s be clear, no one wants unwanted guests, and these Asian carps are here to prove that theory right. It makes sense really, because we too hate to be bothered when we are in our happy place. It’s the place where we can isolate ourselves from the outside world and just do whatever we want without the interference of other people. Now just imagine how these fish were feeling when those boys decided to row their boat inside of their comfort zone. Of course they would be angry. Watch as a team of college rowers from Washington University encounter hundreds of flying Asian carp fish during a training session on Creve Coeur Lake outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Of course, the boys didn’t mean any harm, but these little guys were angry and out for blood, or a seat as it would later turn out. The footage shows as the guys are trying to row to the dock, but are midway interrupted by a group of hundreds of fish. They literally fly out of the water and above the row boats, hitting the team in the process. One of the angry fish actually took the seat of one of the rowers and brought it with them inside the water. The footage ends with the boys getting to the dock, soaked to their skin and sitting unbelieving on their seats while the coaches laugh it off. What do you think you would do in a situation like this one? Would you row faster or just drop everything you’re holding and cover your face to escape the attack. We must say, we don’t see these kinds of things happen every day!
Let’s be clear, no one wants unwanted guests, and these Asian carps are here to prove that theory right. It makes sense really, because we too hate to be bothered when we are in our happy place. It’s the place where we can isolate ourselves from the outside world and just do whatever we want without the interference of other people. Now just imagine how these fish were feeling when those boys decided to row their boat inside of their comfort zone. Of course they would be angry. Watch as a team of college rowers from Washington University encounter hundreds of flying Asian carp fish during a <a href="https://rumble.com/v3131o-london-2012-olympic-rowing-workout.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:training session" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">training session</a> on Creve Coeur Lake outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Of course, the boys didn’t mean any harm, but these little guys were angry and out for blood, or a seat as it would later turn out. The footage shows as the guys are trying to row to the dock, but are midway interrupted by a group of hundreds of fish. They literally <a href="https://rumble.com/viral/v1225701-flying-fish-take-over-shore.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:fly" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">fly</a> out of the water and above the row boats, hitting the team in the process. One of the angry fish actually took the seat of one of the rowers and brought it with them inside the water. The footage ends with the boys getting to the dock, soaked to their skin and sitting unbelieving on their seats while the coaches laugh it off. What do you think you would do in a situation like this one? Would you row faster or just drop everything you’re holding and cover your face to escape the attack. We must say, we don’t see these kinds of things happen every day!
Rowing Team Attacked By Flying Asian Carp Fish
Let’s be clear, no one wants unwanted guests, and these Asian carps are here to prove that theory right. It makes sense really, because we too hate to be bothered when we are in our happy place. It’s the place where we can isolate ourselves from the outside world and just do whatever we want without the interference of other people. Now just imagine how these fish were feeling when those boys decided to row their boat inside of their comfort zone. Of course they would be angry. Watch as a team of college rowers from Washington University encounter hundreds of flying Asian carp fish during a training session on Creve Coeur Lake outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Of course, the boys didn’t mean any harm, but these little guys were angry and out for blood, or a seat as it would later turn out. The footage shows as the guys are trying to row to the dock, but are midway interrupted by a group of hundreds of fish. They literally fly out of the water and above the row boats, hitting the team in the process. One of the angry fish actually took the seat of one of the rowers and brought it with them inside the water. The footage ends with the boys getting to the dock, soaked to their skin and sitting unbelieving on their seats while the coaches laugh it off. What do you think you would do in a situation like this one? Would you row faster or just drop everything you’re holding and cover your face to escape the attack. We must say, we don’t see these kinds of things happen every day!
Let’s be clear, no one wants unwanted guests, and these Asian carps are here to prove that theory right. It makes sense really, because we too hate to be bothered when we are in our happy place. It’s the place where we can isolate ourselves from the outside world and just do whatever we want without the interference of other people. Now just imagine how these fish were feeling when those boys decided to row their boat inside of their comfort zone. Of course they would be angry. Watch as a team of college rowers from Washington University encounter hundreds of flying Asian carp fish during a <a href="https://rumble.com/v3131o-london-2012-olympic-rowing-workout.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:training session" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">training session</a> on Creve Coeur Lake outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Of course, the boys didn’t mean any harm, but these little guys were angry and out for blood, or a seat as it would later turn out. The footage shows as the guys are trying to row to the dock, but are midway interrupted by a group of hundreds of fish. They literally <a href="https://rumble.com/viral/v1225701-flying-fish-take-over-shore.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:fly" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">fly</a> out of the water and above the row boats, hitting the team in the process. One of the angry fish actually took the seat of one of the rowers and brought it with them inside the water. The footage ends with the boys getting to the dock, soaked to their skin and sitting unbelieving on their seats while the coaches laugh it off. What do you think you would do in a situation like this one? Would you row faster or just drop everything you’re holding and cover your face to escape the attack. We must say, we don’t see these kinds of things happen every day!
Rowing Team Attacked By Flying Asian Carp Fish
Let’s be clear, no one wants unwanted guests, and these Asian carps are here to prove that theory right. It makes sense really, because we too hate to be bothered when we are in our happy place. It’s the place where we can isolate ourselves from the outside world and just do whatever we want without the interference of other people. Now just imagine how these fish were feeling when those boys decided to row their boat inside of their comfort zone. Of course they would be angry. Watch as a team of college rowers from Washington University encounter hundreds of flying Asian carp fish during a training session on Creve Coeur Lake outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Of course, the boys didn’t mean any harm, but these little guys were angry and out for blood, or a seat as it would later turn out. The footage shows as the guys are trying to row to the dock, but are midway interrupted by a group of hundreds of fish. They literally fly out of the water and above the row boats, hitting the team in the process. One of the angry fish actually took the seat of one of the rowers and brought it with them inside the water. The footage ends with the boys getting to the dock, soaked to their skin and sitting unbelieving on their seats while the coaches laugh it off. What do you think you would do in a situation like this one? Would you row faster or just drop everything you’re holding and cover your face to escape the attack. We must say, we don’t see these kinds of things happen every day!
<p>Nearly 100 women are expected to share their stories of sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar as part of his criminal sentencing. The testimonies, which started on Tuesday, are expected to take place throughout the week.</p><p>Nassar pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with victims as young as six years old. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges. More than 150 women have said they were abused by Nassar, who was the USA Gymnastics doctor for nearly two decades. </p><p>Nassar sat in the witness stand so that the victims could address him directly. For many of the women, this marks the first and possibly only time they will have the opportunity to speak to him directly.</p><p>On Monday, away from the courtroom, Simone Biles <a href="https://www.si.com/olympics/2018/01/15/simone-biles-sexually-abused-larry-nassar-usa-gymnastics-doctor" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:came forward with her own account" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">came forward with her own account</a> of abuse by Nassar. She joins Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney as recent Olympians who said they were abused by him. On Tuesday, Kyle Stephens was among those who emotionally confronted Nassar by recounting her first case of abuse when she was just six years old.</p><p><a href="https://www.si.com/olympics/2018/01/16/larry-nassar-sentencing-victims-abuse-stories" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Here is the full rundown of the first day of impact statements by victims" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong>Here is the full rundown of the first day of impact statements by victims</strong></a></p><p>Here is what the victims said on Wednesday, according to reporters in the room. <a href="https://twitter.com/MattMencarini" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Matt Mencarini of the Lansing State Journal" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Matt Mencarini of the Lansing State Journal</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/LaurenMGibbons" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lauren Gibbons of Michigan Live" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lauren Gibbons of Michigan Live</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/ClaytonCummins" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Clayton Cummins of WILX News" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Clayton Cummins of WILX News</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/KateLouiseWells" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kate Wells of Michigan Radio" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Kate Wells of Michigan Radio</a> and<a href="https://twitter.com/JohnBarrESPN" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:John Barr of ESPN" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> John Barr of ESPN</a> are among the reporters providing live updates on Twitter. </p><p>The stories shared by the women contain graphic details and mature subject matter. </p><h3>Gina Nichols, Mother of World Championship Medalist Maggie Nichols</h3><p>Gina Nichols was the first woman to speak on Wednesday when she delivered the impact statement on behalf of her daughter Maggie, who was &quot;Athlete A&quot; and the first first to report sexual abuse by Nassar to USA Gymnastics in 2015. Nichols was 15 years old at the time and was treated by Nassar for a back injury. Last week, Nichols criticized USA Gymnastics for not responding faster or doing enough to stop him from assaulting more young women. USA Gymnastics responded by saying it hired a private investigator and interviewed Nichols as well as a second gymnast before concluding that the organization did not have &quot;a reasonable suspicion that sexual abuse had occurred.&quot; It was not until Olympians Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney reported abuse by Nassar to USA Gymnastics that the governing body decided to call the FBI—five weeks after Nichols&#39; initial report.</p><p>Kerry Perry, the CEO of USA Gymnastics, was in the courtroom on Wednesday morning after attending Tuesday&#39;s hearing. At one point Gina Nichols turned to address Perry and said, &quot;Shame on MSU, USAG and the USOC.&quot;</p><p>Nichols&#39; mother broke down into tears when she read Maggie&#39;s statement. </p><p>&quot;USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic committee did not provide a safe place for us to train,&quot; Gina Nichols <a href="https://twitter.com/KateLouiseWells/status/953630903225462784" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:read" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">read</a>. &quot;I&#39;ve come to the realization now that my voice can be heard.&quot;</p><p>Gina Nichols directly addressed Nassar and called him &quot;not a real doctor&quot; but a pedophile and &quot;the very best liar.&quot;</p><p>&quot;A real doctor helps heal,&quot; Gina Nichols said. &quot;He doesn&#39;t hurt. You actually are not a real doctor. You&#39;re not a doctor at all. You&#39;re a serial child molester. A pedophile.&quot;</p><h3>Tiffany Thomas Lopez</h3><p>Lopez was a softball player at Michigan State who says she told three team trainers about Nassar in the early 2000&#39;s. She filed a lawsuit against Nassar and Michigan State in 2016.</p><p>&quot;You and your actions have walked with me every step of the way since I&#39;ve left Michigan State University.&quot; she said.</p><h3>Jeanette Antolin</h3><p>Antolin was a member of the USA Gymnastics team in the late 1990s. She says she was abused at the Karoyli Ranch, where the U.S. national team trains, in Texas. She <a href="https://twitter.com/ClaytonCummins/status/953634768989630464" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:said" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">said</a> Nassar &quot;manipulated and violated every ethical code of being a doctor&quot; <a href="https://twitter.com/MattMencarini/status/953634956491874306" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:and" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">and</a> that &quot;behind his good guy facade there was a monster.&quot;</p><p>Antolin also blamed Michigan State and USA Gymnastics for turning a blind eye to the abuse and instead chose &quot;money and medals above children.&quot;</p><p>&quot;The little girls you took advantage of so easily have now come back to haunt you,&quot; Antolin <a href="https://twitter.com/LaurenMGibbons/status/953635653815865344" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:said" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">said</a>.</p><p>Antolin asked that Nassar receive the maximum sentence, which will be determined on Friday.</p><h3>Amanda Thomashow</h3><p>Thomashow, who is the sister of Jessica Thomashow (a victim who spoke on Tuesday), reported abuse by Nassar to Michigan State in 2014 but he was cleared by a Title IX report and allowed to return to work a few months later. Nassar went on to continue his abuse. According to Matt Mencarini of the <em>Lansing State Journal</em>, Michigan State&#39;s 2014 investigation was based on the opinion of four medial experts from the university who had ties to Nassar. The investigation yielded two final reports: one was given to Thomashow and the other was kept by the university.</p><p>Thomashow called out Michigan State on Wednesday.</p><p>Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Thomashow that Nassar &quot;will never be free&quot; and that &quot;the next judge he faces will be God.&quot;</p><h3>Victim 105</h3><p>The mother of an anonymous victim spoke and said Nassar took the &quot;beautiful&quot; and &quot;innocent&quot; years of her daughter&#39;s life.</p><p>&quot;I hate you,&quot; the mother <a href="https://twitter.com/KateLouiseWells/status/953643272441823232" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:said" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">said</a>. &quot;I wish our daughter&#39;s pain on you...I&#39;m sure the inmates in prison will take care of that. They don&#39;t care much for pedophiles, from what I hear. Good luck with that.&quot;</p><h3>Gwen Anderson</h3><p>Anderson planned to speak anonymously but decided to change her mind. She is currently a teacher and said she looks at her students as a reminder of how defenseless she was when Nassar abused her. </p><p>During her testimony, her former coach Thomas Brennan yelled at Nassar to &quot;Look at her!&quot; Nassar <a href="https://twitter.com/MattMencarini/status/953645784582492160" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:was" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">was</a> looking down and scribbling notes before mumbling. He also chimed in by saying &quot;For the record, go to hell.&quot; Brennan <a href="https://twitter.com/KateLouiseWells/status/953647732673171462" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:added" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">added</a> he feel guilt for having sent &quot;more than 100 kids&quot; to him over the years.</p><h3>Amanda Barterian</h3><p>?Barterian was 11 years old when she was first abused by Nassar.</p><p>&quot;I am here to gain closure,&quot; she <a href="https://twitter.com/WLNSAlexandra/status/953648689339387905" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:said" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">said</a>.</p><h3>Jaime Doski</h3><p>Doski was 12 years old when she was abused by Nassar when she sought treatment for her back pain. She <a href="https://twitter.com/ClaytonCummins/status/953649973341708291" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:believes" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">believes</a> she was abused by Nassar on 10 different occasions. </p><p>Her husband, Ryan, took a second to tell Nassar, &quot;There are circles of hell reserved for people like you.&quot;</p><h3>Jannelle Moul</h3><p>Moul said she was abused by two men in the gymnastics community and Nassar was just one of them. She now has daughters but said she struggled with allowing them to be part of the community.</p><h3>Madeline Jones</h3><p>Jones, a former gymnast, made her statement through a video conference that was played on the screen in the courtroom. She is one of the women who Nassar pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting. She opened with a statement from her mother, who <a href="https://twitter.com/MattMencarini/status/953661655069745154" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:helped her" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">helped her</a> when she contemplated suicide at 12 years old. Jones’ mother was present in the room when Nassar was abusing her <a href="https://twitter.com/MattMencarini/status/953662189537251329" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:and" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">and</a> he was able to hold a conversation about Catholicism with the mother.</p><p>“You chose your actions. You chose to sexually assault little girls,” Jones said.</p><p>Jones is a biology major in college and said she will be a better doctor than Nassar could ever dream to be. Aquilina asked Jones whether she wants restitution as part of his sentence and she said yes.</p><h3>Kayla Spicher</h3><p>Spicher said she debated whether she wanted to be identified but decided to go public. </p><p>&quot;We are not victims,&quot; she <a href="https://twitter.com/MattMencarini/status/953690921618591744" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:said" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">said</a>. &quot;We are survivors.&quot;</p><h3>Jennifer Hayes</h3><p>Hayes was a skater at Michigan State when she was abused by Nassar. She noted Nassar<a href="https://twitter.com/MattMencarini/status/953692008173965312" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:did not include references" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> did not include references</a> to what he called &quot;procedures&quot; in her medical chart. On Wednesday, she confronted Nassar and <a href="https://twitter.com/SarahRahal_/status/953692696106946560" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:said" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">said</a> he &quot;parted my legs and forcefully pushed your dry fingers in my vagina...inside me for about 15 minutes at each session. You told me you would realign my back by doing this.&quot;</p><p>&quot;You are the one person who caused the forest fire, and it was your match,&quot; she <a href="https://twitter.com/Lmazade/status/953693708398071809" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:told" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">told</a> Nassar.</p><h3>Nicole Walker</h3><p>Walker was a gymnast when she was abused by Nassar. She <a href="https://twitter.com/ClaytonCummins/status/953696163177336832" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:told" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">told</a> the court room she lost 30 pounds, stopped playing sports and developed an eating disorder after she was abused by Nassar.</p><h3>Victim 75</h3><p>Victim 75 wished to remain anonymous but was a rowing athlete. She was abused with training staff members in the room.</p><p>&quot;He put his hand under my sports bra so he could cup my breast,&quot; the victim <a href="https://twitter.com/SarahRahal_/status/953698217421656065" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:said" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">said</a>. &quot;He then put his hands under my underwear line, on my vagina during the same appointment.&quot;</p><h3>Chelsea Williams</h3><p>Williams was initially going to remain anonymous as Victim No. 118 but she was inspired by the other women who have chosen to be identified. Williams was a gymnast and was first assaulted by Nassar when she was 16 years old. She said Nassar <a href="https://twitter.com/ClaytonCummins/status/953700538482348032" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:thanked" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">thanked</a> her for trusting him after penetrating her for 15 to 20 minutes. She <a href="https://twitter.com/MattMencarini/status/953701171822256129" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:said" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">said</a> Nassar abused her at least 20 times, would make oral sex jokes with her and even discussed drinking beer with her. She often <a href="https://twitter.com/LaurenMGibbons/status/953702495758450693" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:wondered" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">wondered</a> whether his treatment room at Michigan State with photos of Olympians and athletes was a &quot;shrine of his conquests of his victims.&quot;</p><h3>Stephanie Robinson</h3><p>Robinson is a minor who initially wanted to remain anonymous but <a href="https://twitter.com/ClaytonCummins/status/953705359000076288" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:decided" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">decided</a> to be identified Wednesday. She was accompanied by her father. Robinson said she once looked up to Nassar as a doctor and even shadowed him for a day. </p><p>&quot;I came to the stand as a victim and I leave as a victor,&quot; she <a href="https://twitter.com/thegymterdotnet/status/953706037361692673" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:said" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">said</a>.</p><h3>Carrie Hogan</h3><p>initially wanted to remain anonymous but decided to put a name to her story. She played softball at Michigan State and is now a teacher. She <a href="https://twitter.com/MattMencarini/status/953708805963091968" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:said" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">said</a> every time Michigan State issues a statement regarding Nassar or even putting on a Michigan State sweatshirt, she cringes.</p><p>&quot;I am broken,&quot; Hogan said. &quot;I&#39;m tired. I feel like life has been sucked out of me. I&#39;m in desperate need for healing.&quot;</p><h3>Helena Weick</h3><p>?Weick is another woman who just decided to be identified Wednesday. She said she was 12 years old when she was first abused by Nassar. She said her relationship with her mother, Lee, was strained because they were in the room together when Nassar abused Helena. The mother had no knowledge of it at the time.</p><p>Her mother was in attendance and told the judge that institutions must be held accountable for Nassar&#39;s actions. Michigan State University President Lou Ann K. Simon is in attendance for the Wednesday afternoon hearing. Simon told reporters she did not attend on Tuesday because she did not want to be &quot;a distraction.&quot;</p><h3>Victim 28</h3><p>Victim 28 is a minor and wished to remain anonymous.</p><h3>A Letter from Dr. Steven Karageanes</h3><p>Nassar&#39;s attorney objected to having an impact statement read by someone who was not a victim but the judge said it was important for the medical community to have a voice. The statement from a doctor <a href="https://twitter.com/MattMencarini/status/953722860257689600" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:might not" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">might not</a> impact her decision. Dr. Karageanes wrote that Nassar made the other doctors believe that he was a good doctor in order to continue treating and abusing girls and women. Before the stories in local newspapers started being published, Nassar <a href="https://twitter.com/MattMencarini/status/953724090023579648" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:asked" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">asked</a> Karageanes to speak with Michigan State Police and get support from others in the medical field. Karageanes <a href="https://twitter.com/MattMencarini/status/953725488769503232" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:apologized" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">apologized</a> to the victims of Nassar&#39;s abuse, whom he had referred to Nassar as patients. </p><p>&quot;Nassar wrote a chapter in my textbook in 2004 on techniques to use near genitalia,&quot; Karageanes <a href="https://twitter.com/SarahRahal_/status/953724513438654465" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:said" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">said</a>. &quot;He did all this and used his credibility to get doctors to keep feeding him victims.&quot;</p><h3>Victim 10</h3><p>Victim 10 wished to remain anonymous but was a gymnast who <a href="https://twitter.com/SarahRahal_/status/953727639914770433" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:sought out" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">sought out</a> Nassar for treatment as the &quot;famous Olympic gymnastics team doctor.&quot; She said she was groped and assaulted four times.</p><h3>A letter by Taryn Look</h3><p>Look was 14 years old and competed as a member of the USA Gymnastics national team when she was abused. Her statement <a href="https://twitter.com/ClaytonCummins/status/953732817145421824" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:was read" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">was read</a> in court and said she wanted to end her life after Nassar&#39;s abuse. She blamed Michigan State and USA Gymnastics for allowing Nassar to abuse young women. </p><p><em>This post will continue to be updated with the stories shared from the courtroom on Wednesday.</em></p>
Victims Continue Confronting Larry Nassar With Stories of Abuse on Second Day of Sentencing

Nearly 100 women are expected to share their stories of sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar as part of his criminal sentencing. The testimonies, which started on Tuesday, are expected to take place throughout the week.

Nassar pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with victims as young as six years old. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges. More than 150 women have said they were abused by Nassar, who was the USA Gymnastics doctor for nearly two decades.

Nassar sat in the witness stand so that the victims could address him directly. For many of the women, this marks the first and possibly only time they will have the opportunity to speak to him directly.

On Monday, away from the courtroom, Simone Biles came forward with her own account of abuse by Nassar. She joins Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney as recent Olympians who said they were abused by him. On Tuesday, Kyle Stephens was among those who emotionally confronted Nassar by recounting her first case of abuse when she was just six years old.

Here is the full rundown of the first day of impact statements by victims

Here is what the victims said on Wednesday, according to reporters in the room. Matt Mencarini of the Lansing State Journal, Lauren Gibbons of Michigan Live, Clayton Cummins of WILX News, Kate Wells of Michigan Radio and John Barr of ESPN are among the reporters providing live updates on Twitter.

The stories shared by the women contain graphic details and mature subject matter.

Gina Nichols, Mother of World Championship Medalist Maggie Nichols

Gina Nichols was the first woman to speak on Wednesday when she delivered the impact statement on behalf of her daughter Maggie, who was "Athlete A" and the first first to report sexual abuse by Nassar to USA Gymnastics in 2015. Nichols was 15 years old at the time and was treated by Nassar for a back injury. Last week, Nichols criticized USA Gymnastics for not responding faster or doing enough to stop him from assaulting more young women. USA Gymnastics responded by saying it hired a private investigator and interviewed Nichols as well as a second gymnast before concluding that the organization did not have "a reasonable suspicion that sexual abuse had occurred." It was not until Olympians Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney reported abuse by Nassar to USA Gymnastics that the governing body decided to call the FBI—five weeks after Nichols' initial report.

Kerry Perry, the CEO of USA Gymnastics, was in the courtroom on Wednesday morning after attending Tuesday's hearing. At one point Gina Nichols turned to address Perry and said, "Shame on MSU, USAG and the USOC."

Nichols' mother broke down into tears when she read Maggie's statement.

"USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic committee did not provide a safe place for us to train," Gina Nichols read. "I've come to the realization now that my voice can be heard."

Gina Nichols directly addressed Nassar and called him "not a real doctor" but a pedophile and "the very best liar."

"A real doctor helps heal," Gina Nichols said. "He doesn't hurt. You actually are not a real doctor. You're not a doctor at all. You're a serial child molester. A pedophile."

Tiffany Thomas Lopez

Lopez was a softball player at Michigan State who says she told three team trainers about Nassar in the early 2000's. She filed a lawsuit against Nassar and Michigan State in 2016.

"You and your actions have walked with me every step of the way since I've left Michigan State University." she said.

Jeanette Antolin

Antolin was a member of the USA Gymnastics team in the late 1990s. She says she was abused at the Karoyli Ranch, where the U.S. national team trains, in Texas. She said Nassar "manipulated and violated every ethical code of being a doctor" and that "behind his good guy facade there was a monster."

Antolin also blamed Michigan State and USA Gymnastics for turning a blind eye to the abuse and instead chose "money and medals above children."

"The little girls you took advantage of so easily have now come back to haunt you," Antolin said.

Antolin asked that Nassar receive the maximum sentence, which will be determined on Friday.

Amanda Thomashow

Thomashow, who is the sister of Jessica Thomashow (a victim who spoke on Tuesday), reported abuse by Nassar to Michigan State in 2014 but he was cleared by a Title IX report and allowed to return to work a few months later. Nassar went on to continue his abuse. According to Matt Mencarini of the Lansing State Journal, Michigan State's 2014 investigation was based on the opinion of four medial experts from the university who had ties to Nassar. The investigation yielded two final reports: one was given to Thomashow and the other was kept by the university.

Thomashow called out Michigan State on Wednesday.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Thomashow that Nassar "will never be free" and that "the next judge he faces will be God."

Victim 105

The mother of an anonymous victim spoke and said Nassar took the "beautiful" and "innocent" years of her daughter's life.

"I hate you," the mother said. "I wish our daughter's pain on you...I'm sure the inmates in prison will take care of that. They don't care much for pedophiles, from what I hear. Good luck with that."

Gwen Anderson

Anderson planned to speak anonymously but decided to change her mind. She is currently a teacher and said she looks at her students as a reminder of how defenseless she was when Nassar abused her.

During her testimony, her former coach Thomas Brennan yelled at Nassar to "Look at her!" Nassar was looking down and scribbling notes before mumbling. He also chimed in by saying "For the record, go to hell." Brennan added he feel guilt for having sent "more than 100 kids" to him over the years.

Amanda Barterian

?Barterian was 11 years old when she was first abused by Nassar.

"I am here to gain closure," she said.

Jaime Doski

Doski was 12 years old when she was abused by Nassar when she sought treatment for her back pain. She believes she was abused by Nassar on 10 different occasions.

Her husband, Ryan, took a second to tell Nassar, "There are circles of hell reserved for people like you."

Jannelle Moul

Moul said she was abused by two men in the gymnastics community and Nassar was just one of them. She now has daughters but said she struggled with allowing them to be part of the community.

Madeline Jones

Jones, a former gymnast, made her statement through a video conference that was played on the screen in the courtroom. She is one of the women who Nassar pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting. She opened with a statement from her mother, who helped her when she contemplated suicide at 12 years old. Jones’ mother was present in the room when Nassar was abusing her and he was able to hold a conversation about Catholicism with the mother.

“You chose your actions. You chose to sexually assault little girls,” Jones said.

Jones is a biology major in college and said she will be a better doctor than Nassar could ever dream to be. Aquilina asked Jones whether she wants restitution as part of his sentence and she said yes.

Kayla Spicher

Spicher said she debated whether she wanted to be identified but decided to go public.

"We are not victims," she said. "We are survivors."

Jennifer Hayes

Hayes was a skater at Michigan State when she was abused by Nassar. She noted Nassar did not include references to what he called "procedures" in her medical chart. On Wednesday, she confronted Nassar and said he "parted my legs and forcefully pushed your dry fingers in my vagina...inside me for about 15 minutes at each session. You told me you would realign my back by doing this."

"You are the one person who caused the forest fire, and it was your match," she told Nassar.

Nicole Walker

Walker was a gymnast when she was abused by Nassar. She told the court room she lost 30 pounds, stopped playing sports and developed an eating disorder after she was abused by Nassar.

Victim 75

Victim 75 wished to remain anonymous but was a rowing athlete. She was abused with training staff members in the room.

"He put his hand under my sports bra so he could cup my breast," the victim said. "He then put his hands under my underwear line, on my vagina during the same appointment."

Chelsea Williams

Williams was initially going to remain anonymous as Victim No. 118 but she was inspired by the other women who have chosen to be identified. Williams was a gymnast and was first assaulted by Nassar when she was 16 years old. She said Nassar thanked her for trusting him after penetrating her for 15 to 20 minutes. She said Nassar abused her at least 20 times, would make oral sex jokes with her and even discussed drinking beer with her. She often wondered whether his treatment room at Michigan State with photos of Olympians and athletes was a "shrine of his conquests of his victims."

Stephanie Robinson

Robinson is a minor who initially wanted to remain anonymous but decided to be identified Wednesday. She was accompanied by her father. Robinson said she once looked up to Nassar as a doctor and even shadowed him for a day.

"I came to the stand as a victim and I leave as a victor," she said.

Carrie Hogan

initially wanted to remain anonymous but decided to put a name to her story. She played softball at Michigan State and is now a teacher. She said every time Michigan State issues a statement regarding Nassar or even putting on a Michigan State sweatshirt, she cringes.

"I am broken," Hogan said. "I'm tired. I feel like life has been sucked out of me. I'm in desperate need for healing."

Helena Weick

?Weick is another woman who just decided to be identified Wednesday. She said she was 12 years old when she was first abused by Nassar. She said her relationship with her mother, Lee, was strained because they were in the room together when Nassar abused Helena. The mother had no knowledge of it at the time.

Her mother was in attendance and told the judge that institutions must be held accountable for Nassar's actions. Michigan State University President Lou Ann K. Simon is in attendance for the Wednesday afternoon hearing. Simon told reporters she did not attend on Tuesday because she did not want to be "a distraction."

Victim 28

Victim 28 is a minor and wished to remain anonymous.

A Letter from Dr. Steven Karageanes

Nassar's attorney objected to having an impact statement read by someone who was not a victim but the judge said it was important for the medical community to have a voice. The statement from a doctor might not impact her decision. Dr. Karageanes wrote that Nassar made the other doctors believe that he was a good doctor in order to continue treating and abusing girls and women. Before the stories in local newspapers started being published, Nassar asked Karageanes to speak with Michigan State Police and get support from others in the medical field. Karageanes apologized to the victims of Nassar's abuse, whom he had referred to Nassar as patients.

"Nassar wrote a chapter in my textbook in 2004 on techniques to use near genitalia," Karageanes said. "He did all this and used his credibility to get doctors to keep feeding him victims."

Victim 10

Victim 10 wished to remain anonymous but was a gymnast who sought out Nassar for treatment as the "famous Olympic gymnastics team doctor." She said she was groped and assaulted four times.

A letter by Taryn Look

Look was 14 years old and competed as a member of the USA Gymnastics national team when she was abused. Her statement was read in court and said she wanted to end her life after Nassar's abuse. She blamed Michigan State and USA Gymnastics for allowing Nassar to abuse young women.

This post will continue to be updated with the stories shared from the courtroom on Wednesday.

<p>LANSING, Mich. — She watched him the whole time. Kyle Stephens stood in Courtroom 5 of the Veterans Memorial Courthouse, steps away from the man who molested her throughout her childhood, and she looked right at him. Stephens decided two weeks ago to go public—to let the world know her name and see her face. But Larry Nassar needed no introduction. He has known Stephens since she was six years old and he showed her his penis.</p><p>Stephens delivered the most memorable of many verbal hammers that kept dropping on Larry Nassar:</p><p>“Little girls don&#39;t stay little forever,” Stephens told Nassar. “They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world.”</p><p>When Stephens was done, she sat for the rest of the day, “numb,” watching the parade of women give their statements, and watching Nassar.</p><p>“He kept shaking his head,” she said. “He didn’t want to make eye contact. He is certainly extremely ashamed. He is so embarrassed. I think that’s a big part of it for him. I think he feels badly, maybe. But it’s hard to tell: Who does he feel bad for? Is it for us, for what he did? Or is it for himself? I’m really not sure.”</p><p>You can ask that question of a lot of people in this case.</p><p>Does USA Gymnastics feel bad for what happened on its campus, or for the publicity it brought? Is Michigan State University embarrassed because one of its doctors was a pedophile, or ashamed because school employees had ample opportunity to stop him and never did?</p><p>For more than two decades, these girls and women needed somebody to show some courage, to stand up for what was right.</p><p>Finally, on Tuesday, they did it themselves.</p><p>It was tear-inducing and breathtaking. Two dozen women spoke Tuesday. By the end of the week, the number will be close to 100. A few were understandably not ready to use their name. But Stephens finally decided to do it, one women empowered by others: “With so many other girls speaking up, seeing them speak publicly, I felt that my choice not to was rooted in shame. I’m trying to take every step I can in this process to liberate myself from it so I can move on. That was me doing that.”</p><p>During one court break, Stephens Googled her name. She was surprised her statement had become a national story. But it did not upset her.</p><p>Another victim planned to remain anonymous, but then told the court: “I decided to finally put a name to it. I am Jade Capua, and I am a survivor.” Another, Danielle Moore, said that after the esteemed Dr. Nassar assaulted her, she has had moments when, “I no longer wanted to live.” But she persevered, earned three graduate degrees, and now she takes some pleasure in knowing that while he will be known by his prisoner number, “I will be known as Dr. Danielle Moore.”</p><p>Some of them called him “Mr. Nassar,” and there was a subtle dig in that apparent honorific: It stripped Nassar of his medical title, but also of the intimacy of being called “Larry,” which he always preferred. Larry would take care of them. Larry was their friend.</p><p>Larry assaulted them—hundreds of them, probably—often with one of their parents in the room. He would strategically position himself between his patients’ midsections and their mothers and speak calmly as he used his hands to assault them. It was up to the girls to decide what was normal and what was not. One survivor, Alexis Moore, said Nassar assaulted her “hundreds of times,” starting when she was a nine-year-old with a broken pelvis.</p><p>Sometimes, they said, he misdiagnosed or hid their injuries just to keep them coming back.</p><p>While they talked, Larry Nassar clasped his hands. He looked down. It was not until the sixth woman of the day testified that I saw him finally reach for a tissue.</p><p>To some of the women, he did not look like the man they knew years ago, the one who has haunted their nights ever since. He is smaller now, both in physical weight and as a presence. He has apparently lost the social charms that convinced so many he was looking out for them. He looks hollowed-out.</p><p>Reading a deranged mind is tricky business. When most of the victims spoke, Nassar looked down. But at the end of the day, when two victim-impact statements were shown on video, Nassar stared right at the screen. On some level, maybe he did see them as humans.</p><p>He seemed to shake his head at odd times, like when a victim described being “groomed” by him so he could attack later. As another victim described Nassar giving her a “stern chastising,” he mouthed, incredulously: “What?” and then turned to his lawyer, as though <em>that </em>were the most serious accusation against him. But when women kept describing him vaginally and digitally penetrating them against their will, he was mostly still, as though, in his twisted mind, he divorced those sick physical acts from the emotional fallout … well, again: Reading a deranged mind is tricky business.</p><p>We may never know what Larry Nassar was thinking all these years.</p><p>But what about everybody else?</p><p>There are a thousand tragedies here, and at the heart of all of them is this painful truth: the wrong people blamed themselves.</p><p>Victims figured this was their fault. They wondered what they did to deserve this abuse. They couldn’t trust their bodies again.</p><p>Parents blamed themselves for trusting a renowned doctor. They wondered if they should have known.</p><p>But what about USA Gymnastics head Steve Penny and his minions? They executed one of the most disgraceful cover-your-tracks efforts anyone can imagine rather than risk the public-relations fallout that justice would bring. What they did was beyond disgraceful and should have brought a complete housecleaning.</p><p>What about the Michigan State employees who covered their ears for many years rather than hear the alarms that were blaring? On just the first day of sentencing, we heard from athletes on the Spartan gymnastics, rowing, volleyball and cheerleading teams. The volleyball team referred to him as “The Crotch Doctor.” Several victims complained directly to trainers or to gymnastics coach Kathie Klages. Klages routinely dismissed the complaints of her own gymnasts because she was loyal to Nassar.</p><p>It’s not clear just how high the complaints rose at MSU. But since the scandal broke, school president Lou Anna Simon has spoken of the scandal in cold terms, as though it were theoretical instead of a tragedy that happened on her watch: “I have been told it is virtually <em>impossible</em> to stop a determined sexual predator.”</p><p>Simon should have been in the courtroom Tuesday. But that would have meant hearing several of her former students tell the court how angry they are at MSU. Instead, Michigan State has continually tried to distance itself from its own campus.</p><p>Simon could have shown a bit of courage by showing up … but really, only a bit. Real courage is what Donna Markham did. She told the court the story of her daughter Chelsey: adopted from South Korea in 1985, a promising gymnast until she was assaulted by Nassar. Chelsey was not silent. She bawled in the car on the way home, telling her mom, then begging her not to report Nassar. Donna felt trapped. Chelsey, she said Tuesday, fell off every apparatus the next time she saw Nassar at a meet and went down “a path of destruction.” After that: “She never truly recovered.”</p><p>In 2009, Donna got a call at work. She had to go home. When she got there, she learned Chelsey was in a body bag. She had taken her own life at age 23.</p><p>“Every day I miss her,” she said, “and it all started with him.” She spoke, she said, because “I felt it was the last thing I could do for her.”</p><p>Real courage was the victims who said they forgave Nassar, or were trying – not because he deserved it, but because they did not want to live angry lives. Real courage was the women who spoke of the intimacy issues Nassar caused, the self-harm they committed, the fears they have every day.</p><p>Real courage was Kyle Stephens, who used to tell people she did not have a family because Nassar had torn it apart, detailing his horrific crimes as he sat just a few feet away. Yes, she kept looking at him. <em>He </em>looked away.</p><p>If Nassar looked close, he would have seen a small tattoo on Stephens’ left arm, script that says <em>attraversiamo. </em>It’s Italian for “cross over,” and many Italians use it to describe crossing the street. Stephens got it when her father died. He had not believed Kyle’s insistence that his friend Larry had assaulted her. When she finally convinced him, years later, he was crushed at letting his little girl down. He later killed himself.</p><p>And if Nassar listened to Kyle Stephens, he would have heard her say the most amazing thing. It wasn’t the clip about a little girl growing up to destroy his world. It happened toward the end of Stephens’ statement.</p><p>Judge Rosemarie Aquilina asked Stephens if she was interested in restitution.</p><p>Stephens had not anticipated the question. She had not thought about restitution in months.</p><p>But <em>you</em> think about it. She was so young when Nassar started rubbing his penis on her feet, her favorite books were <em>Clifford the Big Red Dog</em> and <em>Junie B. Jones</em>. He violated her for years.</p><p>Larry Nassar had destroyed her childhood. He robbed her of a chance at a normal, peaceful, happy life. He wrecked her family.</p><p>Stephens told the judge:</p><p>“I’m not interested in any money that would take anything from his children. So no. Thank you.”</p>
Victims Courageously Face USA Gymnastics, MSU Doctor Larry Nassar in Tearful Courtroom

LANSING, Mich. — She watched him the whole time. Kyle Stephens stood in Courtroom 5 of the Veterans Memorial Courthouse, steps away from the man who molested her throughout her childhood, and she looked right at him. Stephens decided two weeks ago to go public—to let the world know her name and see her face. But Larry Nassar needed no introduction. He has known Stephens since she was six years old and he showed her his penis.

Stephens delivered the most memorable of many verbal hammers that kept dropping on Larry Nassar:

“Little girls don't stay little forever,” Stephens told Nassar. “They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world.”

When Stephens was done, she sat for the rest of the day, “numb,” watching the parade of women give their statements, and watching Nassar.

“He kept shaking his head,” she said. “He didn’t want to make eye contact. He is certainly extremely ashamed. He is so embarrassed. I think that’s a big part of it for him. I think he feels badly, maybe. But it’s hard to tell: Who does he feel bad for? Is it for us, for what he did? Or is it for himself? I’m really not sure.”

You can ask that question of a lot of people in this case.

Does USA Gymnastics feel bad for what happened on its campus, or for the publicity it brought? Is Michigan State University embarrassed because one of its doctors was a pedophile, or ashamed because school employees had ample opportunity to stop him and never did?

For more than two decades, these girls and women needed somebody to show some courage, to stand up for what was right.

Finally, on Tuesday, they did it themselves.

It was tear-inducing and breathtaking. Two dozen women spoke Tuesday. By the end of the week, the number will be close to 100. A few were understandably not ready to use their name. But Stephens finally decided to do it, one women empowered by others: “With so many other girls speaking up, seeing them speak publicly, I felt that my choice not to was rooted in shame. I’m trying to take every step I can in this process to liberate myself from it so I can move on. That was me doing that.”

During one court break, Stephens Googled her name. She was surprised her statement had become a national story. But it did not upset her.

Another victim planned to remain anonymous, but then told the court: “I decided to finally put a name to it. I am Jade Capua, and I am a survivor.” Another, Danielle Moore, said that after the esteemed Dr. Nassar assaulted her, she has had moments when, “I no longer wanted to live.” But she persevered, earned three graduate degrees, and now she takes some pleasure in knowing that while he will be known by his prisoner number, “I will be known as Dr. Danielle Moore.”

Some of them called him “Mr. Nassar,” and there was a subtle dig in that apparent honorific: It stripped Nassar of his medical title, but also of the intimacy of being called “Larry,” which he always preferred. Larry would take care of them. Larry was their friend.

Larry assaulted them—hundreds of them, probably—often with one of their parents in the room. He would strategically position himself between his patients’ midsections and their mothers and speak calmly as he used his hands to assault them. It was up to the girls to decide what was normal and what was not. One survivor, Alexis Moore, said Nassar assaulted her “hundreds of times,” starting when she was a nine-year-old with a broken pelvis.

Sometimes, they said, he misdiagnosed or hid their injuries just to keep them coming back.

While they talked, Larry Nassar clasped his hands. He looked down. It was not until the sixth woman of the day testified that I saw him finally reach for a tissue.

To some of the women, he did not look like the man they knew years ago, the one who has haunted their nights ever since. He is smaller now, both in physical weight and as a presence. He has apparently lost the social charms that convinced so many he was looking out for them. He looks hollowed-out.

Reading a deranged mind is tricky business. When most of the victims spoke, Nassar looked down. But at the end of the day, when two victim-impact statements were shown on video, Nassar stared right at the screen. On some level, maybe he did see them as humans.

He seemed to shake his head at odd times, like when a victim described being “groomed” by him so he could attack later. As another victim described Nassar giving her a “stern chastising,” he mouthed, incredulously: “What?” and then turned to his lawyer, as though that were the most serious accusation against him. But when women kept describing him vaginally and digitally penetrating them against their will, he was mostly still, as though, in his twisted mind, he divorced those sick physical acts from the emotional fallout … well, again: Reading a deranged mind is tricky business.

We may never know what Larry Nassar was thinking all these years.

But what about everybody else?

There are a thousand tragedies here, and at the heart of all of them is this painful truth: the wrong people blamed themselves.

Victims figured this was their fault. They wondered what they did to deserve this abuse. They couldn’t trust their bodies again.

Parents blamed themselves for trusting a renowned doctor. They wondered if they should have known.

But what about USA Gymnastics head Steve Penny and his minions? They executed one of the most disgraceful cover-your-tracks efforts anyone can imagine rather than risk the public-relations fallout that justice would bring. What they did was beyond disgraceful and should have brought a complete housecleaning.

What about the Michigan State employees who covered their ears for many years rather than hear the alarms that were blaring? On just the first day of sentencing, we heard from athletes on the Spartan gymnastics, rowing, volleyball and cheerleading teams. The volleyball team referred to him as “The Crotch Doctor.” Several victims complained directly to trainers or to gymnastics coach Kathie Klages. Klages routinely dismissed the complaints of her own gymnasts because she was loyal to Nassar.

It’s not clear just how high the complaints rose at MSU. But since the scandal broke, school president Lou Anna Simon has spoken of the scandal in cold terms, as though it were theoretical instead of a tragedy that happened on her watch: “I have been told it is virtually impossible to stop a determined sexual predator.”

Simon should have been in the courtroom Tuesday. But that would have meant hearing several of her former students tell the court how angry they are at MSU. Instead, Michigan State has continually tried to distance itself from its own campus.

Simon could have shown a bit of courage by showing up … but really, only a bit. Real courage is what Donna Markham did. She told the court the story of her daughter Chelsey: adopted from South Korea in 1985, a promising gymnast until she was assaulted by Nassar. Chelsey was not silent. She bawled in the car on the way home, telling her mom, then begging her not to report Nassar. Donna felt trapped. Chelsey, she said Tuesday, fell off every apparatus the next time she saw Nassar at a meet and went down “a path of destruction.” After that: “She never truly recovered.”

In 2009, Donna got a call at work. She had to go home. When she got there, she learned Chelsey was in a body bag. She had taken her own life at age 23.

“Every day I miss her,” she said, “and it all started with him.” She spoke, she said, because “I felt it was the last thing I could do for her.”

Real courage was the victims who said they forgave Nassar, or were trying – not because he deserved it, but because they did not want to live angry lives. Real courage was the women who spoke of the intimacy issues Nassar caused, the self-harm they committed, the fears they have every day.

Real courage was Kyle Stephens, who used to tell people she did not have a family because Nassar had torn it apart, detailing his horrific crimes as he sat just a few feet away. Yes, she kept looking at him. He looked away.

If Nassar looked close, he would have seen a small tattoo on Stephens’ left arm, script that says attraversiamo. It’s Italian for “cross over,” and many Italians use it to describe crossing the street. Stephens got it when her father died. He had not believed Kyle’s insistence that his friend Larry had assaulted her. When she finally convinced him, years later, he was crushed at letting his little girl down. He later killed himself.

And if Nassar listened to Kyle Stephens, he would have heard her say the most amazing thing. It wasn’t the clip about a little girl growing up to destroy his world. It happened toward the end of Stephens’ statement.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina asked Stephens if she was interested in restitution.

Stephens had not anticipated the question. She had not thought about restitution in months.

But you think about it. She was so young when Nassar started rubbing his penis on her feet, her favorite books were Clifford the Big Red Dog and Junie B. Jones. He violated her for years.

Larry Nassar had destroyed her childhood. He robbed her of a chance at a normal, peaceful, happy life. He wrecked her family.

Stephens told the judge:

“I’m not interested in any money that would take anything from his children. So no. Thank you.”

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When riding a sea kayak, you never know what might be around the corner. Here, at a group of islands amidst the tidal flows of Argyll, Scotland, a very young seal spreads its charm. This man had a magical encounter with a sea pup, and befriended the little guy. This man is merrily rowing his kayak in the Argyll area and obviously knows well this place, because he is heading towards a small island where he meets a very special friend of his. The big brown eyes of a cute seal pup meet the man, as soon as he debarks from the sea kayak on shore. He approaches the little white pup and talks in a very sweet voice. The adorable seal baby looks as if he understands the words. Moments later, the man is retreating to his kayak, and the seal pup is heading towards the water, to take a swim. This little pup is apparently learning how to swim and doesn’t have a very successful start because it jumps right into the seaweed and gets entangled in the process. However, the pup continues swimming and tries to reach the kayak, slightly touching it with its nose. These two have a very special bond and interact in the most adorable way. The man is patient when it comes to the baby seal learning how to swim, and doesn’t invade his space by scaring him away. <a href="https://rumble.com/v3esb9-i-can-seal-you-adorable-moment-seal-pup-plays-with-divers-flash-light.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The seal is curious" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The seal is curious</a> about the man and his kayak, and swims near the kayak. The seal is making some noises, trying to communicate with the man. This place can be visited only by a <a href="https://rumble.com/v3e1pi-white-shark-investigating-kayak.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:sea kayak" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">sea kayak</a>, not by noisy tourist boats, and that is what makes this place so magical.
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When riding a sea kayak, you never know what might be around the corner. Here, at a group of islands amidst the tidal flows of Argyll, Scotland, a very young seal spreads its charm. This man had a magical encounter with a sea pup, and befriended the little guy. This man is merrily rowing his kayak in the Argyll area and obviously knows well this place, because he is heading towards a small island where he meets a very special friend of his. The big brown eyes of a cute seal pup meet the man, as soon as he debarks from the sea kayak on shore. He approaches the little white pup and talks in a very sweet voice. The adorable seal baby looks as if he understands the words. Moments later, the man is retreating to his kayak, and the seal pup is heading towards the water, to take a swim. This little pup is apparently learning how to swim and doesn’t have a very successful start because it jumps right into the seaweed and gets entangled in the process. However, the pup continues swimming and tries to reach the kayak, slightly touching it with its nose. These two have a very special bond and interact in the most adorable way. The man is patient when it comes to the baby seal learning how to swim, and doesn’t invade his space by scaring him away. <a href="https://rumble.com/v3esb9-i-can-seal-you-adorable-moment-seal-pup-plays-with-divers-flash-light.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The seal is curious" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The seal is curious</a> about the man and his kayak, and swims near the kayak. The seal is making some noises, trying to communicate with the man. This place can be visited only by a <a href="https://rumble.com/v3e1pi-white-shark-investigating-kayak.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:sea kayak" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">sea kayak</a>, not by noisy tourist boats, and that is what makes this place so magical.
Man On Kayak Has Amazing Seal Pup Encounter In Scotland
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The former goalkeeper believes that the Italian&#39;s questionable approach ultimately led to his departure from the Etihad Stadium in May 2013
Rowing with staff and playing against nobody - Given lifts the lid on 'weird' Mancini methods at Man City
The former goalkeeper believes that the Italian's questionable approach ultimately led to his departure from the Etihad Stadium in May 2013
The former goalkeeper believes that the Italian&#39;s questionable approach ultimately led to his departure from the Etihad Stadium in May 2013
Rowing with staff and playing against nobody - Given lifts the lid on 'weird' Mancini methods at Man City
The former goalkeeper believes that the Italian's questionable approach ultimately led to his departure from the Etihad Stadium in May 2013
The former goalkeeper believes that the Italian&#39;s questionable approach ultimately led to his departure from the Etihad Stadium in May 2013
Rowing with staff and playing against nobody - Given lifts the lid on 'weird' Mancini methods at Man City
The former goalkeeper believes that the Italian's questionable approach ultimately led to his departure from the Etihad Stadium in May 2013
The former goalkeeper believes that the Italian&#39;s questionable approach ultimately led to his departure from the Etihad Stadium in May 2013
Rowing with staff and playing against nobody - Given lifts the lid on 'weird' Mancini methods at Man City
The former goalkeeper believes that the Italian's questionable approach ultimately led to his departure from the Etihad Stadium in May 2013
The former goalkeeper believes that the Italian&#39;s questionable approach ultimately led to his departure from the Etihad Stadium in May 2013
Rowing with staff and playing against nobody - Given lifts the lid on 'weird' Mancini methods at Man City
The former goalkeeper believes that the Italian's questionable approach ultimately led to his departure from the Etihad Stadium in May 2013

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