Survivors vow to keep fighting -- 'This is bigger than Larry Nassar'

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina watches as Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar listens to impact statements during the sentencing phase in Ingham County Circuit Court

Mom Of Gymnast Abused By Nassar Applauds His 175-Year Sentence

Before receiving the sentence, Nassar had struck a more conciliatory tone.

Simon says she originally planned to announce her retirement in December 2016 when the first allegations about Nassar surfaced and she set aside her plans.

"As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable". "Of particular concern is the recent allegation that USAG actively sought to silence Ms. Maroney with a non-disclosure agreement that would impose a $100,000 fine if the victim were to violate its confidentiality clause by speaking out about the sexual abuse". "Are you guilty sir?" she pressed.

Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr., a Democrat from East Lansing, where the campus is located, called it "an important step in moving the university forward".

Jason Cody, a spokesman for Michigan State, said Tuesday the university is reviewing the letter for a response.

"What I am feeling pales in comparison to the pain, trauma, and emotional destruction that all of you are feeling", Nassar said, turning at several points to face his victims in court.

"I am very grateful for Judge Aquilina and the care she has shown to all of us", Denhollander told reporters outside the courthouse after the sentence was handed down. But on Wednesday, Michigan Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis also took time to praise the impact of reporters who pursued the case and brought it to light. "But it was also incredibly heartbreaking because the vast majority of us did not need to be there".

And, in another overdue move, the United States Olympic Committee said it would decertify USA Gymnastics if the entire board and directors were not replaced. Klages is accused of downplaying complaints made by two teens in 1997.

He is scheduled to be sentenced next week on more assault convictions in Eaton County, Michigan. At least 12 reported assaults occurred after the investigation ended, according to a university police report that was provided to the FBI for review by the US attorney. "But the army is not limited to Larry Nassar's victims".

In her resignation letter Simon says "The previous year and a half has been very hard for the victims of Larry Nassar, for the university community, and for me personally. There are no words that can express the depth and breadth of how sorry I am". Victims and others in the courtroom groaned, and the judge incredulously asked Nassar if he wanted to withdraw his November guilty plea to charges that he molested seven girls.

Michigan State officials have denied accusations the school covered up misconduct by school administrators.

But the sad truth still remains - both Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics allowed a man they employed to not just abuse young athletes for years, but to do so as a substitute for actual medical treatment.

She is a mother of five children and an author of crime thrillers, including one recently published. She thanked them and said their voices were heard.

"We really are an army of survivors, and this is just the beginning for us", she told Kotb.

Simon has apologized numerous times to Nassars victims, including in the first paragraph of her resignation letter.

Nassar turned to the courtroom gallery to make a brief statement, saying that the victims' accounts had "shaken me to my core".

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