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8 Times Former USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar Could Have Been Stopped

Christie Achenbach reported Nassar to her coach who, she said, told her he's a respected doctor and she should trust him.

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    Nassar: Victim Statements Have 'Shaken Me to My Core'

    Former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar issued a statement to his victims at his sentencing. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018)

    At Larry Nassar's sentence hearing, the 156 women who gave testimony chiding the former Team USA gymnastics doctor were just as angry at the institutions he worked at for ignoring decades of opportunities to stop the abuse.

    Larissa Boyce, was a 16-year-old gymnast at a Michigan State University youth program in 1997 when she and another girl told coach Kathie Klages they were uncomfortable with how Nassar put his hands inside them, NBC News reported. Klages "interrogated" the girls and told them they misunderstood what Nassar had done.

    In 1999, MSU staff referred runner Christie Achenbach to Nassar for an injured hamstring. She was shocked when he rubbed her pelvic area and penetrated her with his fingers. She told her coach who, she said, told her he was a respected doctor and she should trust him.

    Through 2015, there were at least six other times when women say they reported Nassar's behavior but were ignored, allowing him to continue abusing them while racking up a list of new victims.