Day 6 of Larry Nassar sentencing hearing

Marcus Newton
January 24, 2018

On Monday, it was announced that three board members of the organization would be resigning and stepping down from their executive posts, effective immediately.

The leadership of the board of the USA Gymnastics organization is resigning.

Disgraced former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar's sentencing entered its fifth day in a MI courtroom on Monday, when the number of sexual assault survivor impact statements eclipsed 100, and among the morning's powerful speakers was 15-year-old Emma Ann Miller.

Nassar's sentencing hearing, which began last week in MI, brought more attention to the accusations against USA Gymnastics. Nassar already has been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison on child pornography crimes. He also faces a minimum prison sentence of 25 to 40 years in a separate case after pleading guilty to molesting underage children.

The organization announced on Twitter that the board's chair Paul Parilla, vice chair Jay Binder, and treasurer Bitsy Kelley resigned January 22.

While the statement said USA Gymnastics much focus on supporting the survivors of Nassar's sexual assault, Raisman contended that both the USOC and USA Gymnastics are indifferent to the pain of the survivors and are sheerly self-serving.

Last week, USA Gymnastics said it would no longer hold training camps at the Karolyi ranch in Texas, where a number of gymnasts said Nassar abused them.

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Some of the victims went further and alleged that the organization sought to buy silence with regard to the abuse by Nassar.

During her testimony, Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman also attacked USAGymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee for allowing the sexual abuse to continue for decades. On Monday, USA Gymnastics announced three of its board members had resigned over the scandal.

Miller said she sought treatment from Nassar and considered him to be a friend and role model.

"You took advantage of our passions and our dreams", Raisman said.

A total of 144 women are expected to testify against Nassar. "But now I wish I'd never met him".

Survivors and others have described a culture of secrecy and a solitary focus on sporting glory at USA Gymnastics.

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