Olympic Gymnasts Testify Against Pedophile Doc Larry Nassar: 'The Tables Have Turned'
The 2012 U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team -- better known as the "Fierce Five" -- and dozens of other young gymnasts were subjected to unimaginable horrors for years at the hands of the lecherous Olympic pedophile doctor who treated their injuries. Dr. Larry Nassar has been forced to listen to many of his accusers testify in the packed Michigan courtroom this week ahead of his sentencing next week.
Since September 2016, 125 women have filed complaints to police against Nassar alleging sexual abuse and more than 150 have filed civil suits.
Two members of the 2012 team, gymnasts Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber, were together again on Friday to testify against Dr. Nassar, and to shame the institutions that allowed him to molest his patients.
Wieber was the fourth member of the Fierce Five to accuse Nassar of "using an ungloved hand to violate her under the guise of medical treatments."
"He did it time after time, appointment after appointment," she said at a podium, while Nassar sat in the witness box across from her. "I had no idea he was sexually abusing me for his own benefit," she said. "I knew it felt strange."
Wieber, who is from Michigan, where Nassar had his sports medicine practice, told the court that he began treating her when she was eight years old. He "showered her with attention and affection and became a trusted friend."
"I didn't know these were all grooming techniques he used to manipulate me," she said.
Wieber said Nassar started molesting her when she was 14 after she suffered an injury.
"This is when he started performing the procedure we are all so familiar with," she said.
She spoke to Raisman and Maroney about Nassar's technique, but none of them really understood it, she said. After Wieber made the 2012 Olympics team, she got a painful stress fracture. Her teammates were also struggling physically.
"Our bodies were all hanging by a thread when we were in London," she said. "Who was the doctor USA Gymnastics sent to help us get through? The doctor who was our abuser."
Nassar -- incredibly -- was allowed into the dorm rooms with no supervision during his sessions.
"Nobody was protecting us from being taken advantage of," she said. "My parents trusted USA Gymnastics and Larry Nassar to take care of me and we were betrayed by both."
Like many of the other victims, Wieber said that "once she realized that she had been abused, she became angry for not recognizing it earlier."
"But even though I am a victim, I do not and will not live my life as one," she said.