Larry Nassar Arrested for Life

Nicole Estrada, Writer

Larry Nassar, an Olympic sports physician, was sentenced to life when he was accused by Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and many other gymnasts of sexual assault.  Nassar was accused of sexually assaulting 265 girls and women in between two decades. Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct and also was sentenced sixty years for child pornography in Lansing, Michigan.


When Matthew Banuelos, 10, heard the news, he felt disgusted by Nassar and his actions.  


“He knew it was wrong for the whole two decades he did all of this,” Banuelos said.  “Both the girls and their parents put all their trust in him.”


After Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault, the hashtag Me Too started going around on social media by all the women who recently came out about the sexual assault they had gone through.


As a female, Crystal Tamayo, 11, feels strongly for this topic due to the recent Me Too and Times Up Movement.


“As a female, this hit me hard because I have not yet been in a situation like this, but for the women who have are very strong,” Tamayo said.  “It takes a really strong woman to stand up for herself, especially how women are compared to men.”


Nassar then offered a short statement apologizing in court saying that after hearing of the victim impact statements he had shaken to his core.


Cesar Hernandez, 12, believes that what he did was wrong and that he should pay for his actions.


“Well, I think it’s absolutely terrible;  he abused his power for a long period of time,” Hernandez said. “He clearly did a lot of things wrong; why else would he receive a life sentence?”


Aly Raisman recently posed for a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit photo shoot called In Her Own Words, a shoot in which it gave women a chance to speak how they felt every moment with Nassar. She was able to express how she and other women felt after the abuse. Now, other women can also feel relieved that he will now spend the rest of his life in prison and away from them.


During his time in the court, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina had said, “I’ve just signed your death warrant. I find that you don’t get it, that you’re a danger. That you remain a danger.” Afterwards, Nassar told the courtroom that he did not know he was doing any harm to the women and their families.