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First male accuser of Larry Nassar speaks out

Asher Fair
168   //    08 Mar 2018, 10:30 IST

Dr. Larry Nassar Faces Sentencing At Second Sexual Abuse Trial
Dr. Larry Nassar Faces Sentencing At Second Sexual Abuse Trial

Jacob Moore, an 18-year-old University of Michigan gymnast who was a member of the U.S. men's junior national gymnastics team between 2015 and 2017, became the first male to accuse disgraced former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexual assault when he did so last week.

Sexual assault allegations had been made by more than 265 girls and women, many of whom are gymnasts and some of whom have competed in the Olympics. Not until recently, however, had any male accused Nassar of sexual assault.

These sexual assault allegations date back to over two decades ago, yet none of them were taken seriously until Rachael Denhollander became the first of Nassar's victims to publicly accuse him of sexual assault in an article in The Indianapolis Star in September of 2016.

Kamerin Moore, Jacob's sister, was one of the girls who read a victim impact statement during a sentencing hearing in an Ingham County, Michigan court in January in front of Nassar, and she briefly touched on the way Nassar sexually assaulted her brother in that statement.

Nassar, 54 was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison on three child pornography charges this past December. He was then sentenced to between 40 and 175 years in state prison on seven sexual assault charges following the aforementioned seven-day sentencing hearing in Ingham County, Michigan in January.

A total of 156 victim impact statements were read in front of him in court during that hearing. In February, Nassar was sentenced to between 40 and 125 additional years in state prison on three more sexual assault charges following a sentencing hearing during which more victim impact statements were read in Eaton County, Michigan.

Nassar has since been taken to United States Penitentiary Tucson in Tucson, Arizona. This facility is a maximum-security federal prison that offers a sex offender program, and it is where Nassar is set to serve his 60-year federal sentence.

Moore described Nassar's sexual assault, saying that he had gone to see Nassar for treatment for a shoulder injury when he was 16 years old. Nassar, however, performed acupuncture near his groin area in the basement of his home.

While giving Moore acupuncture, Nassar asked a female gymnast who was also in the room whether or not she had ever seen male genitalia before. He proceeded to expose Moore to this female patient, who was also a minor at the time and has not been named.

Moore claimed that he "felt very uncomfortable" coming out of treatment, only to find out later that Nassar's "treatment" was really sexual assault in disguise. He discovered this after looking for any possible explanation for his treatment but finding absolutely nothing.

In fact, in his lawsuit, Moore states that there is no known medial connection between shoulders and groins.

In an interview about the sexual assault he endured at the hands of Nassar, Moore stated that he hopes Nassar "rots in hell".

Here is more of what Moore had to say about the matter, according to Newsweek.

“I was inspired by my sister and everyone else in this community to kind of come out and help bring change to what allowed this to happen. I hope to God no one else is or has been affected by this that hasn't come out yet, but if they are out there then I don’t want them to be scared to come out because of this stigma that guys can't be sexually abused or taken advantage of.”
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