The former USA Gymnastics doctor who sexually assaulted over 160 victims, including several Olympic gymnasts, was sentenced for his criminal acts. Larry Nassar received up to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty in December 2017 to sexually assaulting at least 10 women in the Lansing, Michigan area between 1998 and 2015 while employed at Michigan State University. Even though the case covered about 10 women and their allegations, a disturbing number of sexual abuse victims testified against him with their own accounts of visiting the doctor for a variety of injuries, and enduring the abuse. Well-known gymnasts including McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and Simone Biles revealed their own stories of abuse by USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar during the trial.
Generally, doctors are trusted members of the community, and parents and children rarely suspect that a doctor could cause such pain and suffering to their patients by abusing them. The alarming abuse and psychological trauma that victims endure does not end with the physical acts – it may follow the victims throughout their lives, hampering their self-confidence, and inflicting lifelong harm to their self-esteem. They may engage in self-injury, alcohol and drug abuse, and even contemplate suicide.
If you or someone you love has been sexually abused or sexually assaulted, please call our Wilmington sexual abuse lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar at 302-656-5445 or contact us online to schedule a free, confidential consultation. We represent victims of sexual assault and abuse throughout Delaware, including those in Dover and Georgetown.