Aly Raisman hit it out of the park with her testimony
- Aly Raisman wasn't planning on speaking at Larry Nassar's sentencing. However, she did, and for that we can be glad.
Ever since accusing disgraced former Michigan State and U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who is now 54 years old, of sexually assaulting her, two-time Olympian and six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman has been at the forefront in the battle against sexual abuse and victim shaming.
Raisman is one of over 140 women, many of whom are gymnasts, who have accused Nassar of sexually abusing them. Other accusers include but are not limited to recent Olympians McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles and Jordyn Wieber.
Raisman has constantly ripped institutions such as Michigan State and U.S.A. Gymnastics for failing to stop Nassar when they were tipped off about his behavior, which had been going on for decades.
Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography possession charges last month in a separate case.
However, early last week, Raisman took to Twitter to announce that she would not be attending Nassar's recent sexual assault sentencing throughout this past week, as it would be too traumatic for her given the circumstances and the fact that she was abused.
ESPN's Outside the Lines conducted an interview with the 23-year-old Needham, Massachusetts native early on in the week, and she was visibly shaken as she discussed the topic and continued to call out Nassar's enablers, particularly U.S.A. Gymnastics and their "disappointing" statements on the matter.
Here is a video of that interview.
However, come Friday, the fourth day during which victims, or survivors as she would call them, were set to read their statements in court, Raisman decided that she needed to be at the sentencing, and she ended up attending after all.
Not only did she end up attending; she ended up reading her statement in front of the courtroom, facing Judge Rosemarie Aquilina and Larry Nassar himself while she did so.
For roughly 12 minutes, Raisman delivered her powerful and inspirational statement, many times looking and firing off her words directly at Nassar.
Even ignoring the fact that she wasn't even planning on giving the statement, Raisman totally knocked it out of the park. The fact that she wasn't initially planning on being there just makes it that much better.
Here is a video of her delivering the entire statement.
No further comment needed.Published 22 Jan 2018, 03:19 IST