Michigan sports doctor back in court on assault allegations

Olive Rios
May 27, 2017

Victim A, a teenage girl, was the second minor to take the stand Friday morning during testimony in the preliminary hearing for Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State University doctor facing 15 sexual assault charges.

One of three alleged victims who testified on May 12th briefly returned to court to finish her testimony. He's accused of molesting girls at his campus clinic and home basement.

Her mother would always go with her to the appointments and accompany her in the room while Nassar treated her. The 16-year-old is referred to as "Victim D". Feinstein said her legislation would make it safe and easy for victims to report abuse and that organizations such as USA Gymnastics would have to ensure coaches and personnel are trained in sexual abuse prevention.

"I thought what he was doing was right", Victim A said when describing why she didn't say anything to Nassar when he would use his hands inappropriately to penetrate her vaginal area. She also testified that he also didn't wear gloves when he did so.

She said she came forward after reading other gymnasts' accounts previous year in an Indianapolis Star story about Nassar. Nassar told her and her father that there was a massage he could do to loosen up her foot and gave her father the option to wait outside the room, which he did.

"Oftentimes what happens is a person that is a young athlete gets engaged in training and doesn't really realize sometimes until years later that they were a victim of abuse", said Costa. She acknowledged that some of Nassar's treatments helped her back, but she said he never indicated that he would be touching her private areas with ungloved hands. That's when she said Nassar told her to put on baggy shorts and performed the medical treatment in question. In all, more than 100 women have alleged they were abused by Nassar over more than two decades.

"There have been lots of nights where I just cried and cried", she said, adding that she feels like Nassar violated her trust. The case involves seven women or girls, although dozens of others have also accused him of sexually assaulting them and are suing him in federal court.

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