They lined up in a U.S. courtroom to confront Larry Nassar. Ninety-eight women were scheduled to make victim impact statements, to describe what Nassar had done to them when they were children, some as young as six.
There were more victims. For 20 years Nassar was a team doctor with USA Gymnastics. He worked for Michigan State University. Both organizations have been accused of doing nothing after being told that Nassar molested young gymnasts, soccer, volleyball and basketball players who saw him for injury treatment and prevention. His crimes were sometimes committed while a parent was nearby.
Nassar’s actions remind us of Jerry Sandusky and Graham James, sexual predators who brazenly exploited their positions of trust. Their horrific crimes caused emotional problems, family problems and suicides. How can it happen? How can it keep happening? And how can we stop it?