Aly Raisman Honors Fellow Larry Nassar Sexual Assault Survivors in Emotional Full-Page Ad
ollowing the criminal sentencing of former Michigan State and USA Olympian physician, Dr. Larry Nassar, on Wednesday, two-time Olympian and Nassar sexual assault survivor, Aly Raisman, chose to focus her attention on her fellow sexual abuse survivors by thanking them in a full-page ad in The Detroit Free Press on Thursday. While Raisman has continued to express gratitude toward the community that supported her throughout Nassar’s trial, she has also made it clear that she is not done fighting for justice.
Two-Time U.S. Olympian Aly Raisman says Thank You to Fellow Survivors
With over 150 sexual assault accusers, the former doctor to Olympian gymnasts, Dr. Larry Nassar, was sentenced in court on Wednesday to serve 40 to 175-years in prison.
USA Olympian gymnast and Nassir accuser, Aly Raisman, decided to respond publicly to Nassar’s sentencing on Thursday by thanking her fellow sexual assault survivors in a full-page ad in the Detroit Free Press.
Raisman Takes to Twitter to Thank Family and Community
In addition to reportedly placing the full-page ad, which listed the names and the anonymous numbers of Raisman’s “fellow survivors” above a large and resounding “Thank You,” Raisman released a statement on Twitter in which she also thanked Judge Aquilina, the presiding judge in Nassar’s case, the Prosecutors, her family and friends, and the entire gymnastics community, for all the support she received during this difficult time.
Olympic Gymnast Found Strength in Her “Army of Survivors”
Raisman told NBC’s Today showviewers on Thursday morning that she attempted to mentally prepare for seeing her accused abuser in court by looking at photos of Nassar online.
While Raisman said that she initially “didn’t know how [she] would feel” seeing Nassar in court, she ultimately gained strength “being with this army of survivors.” Raisman expressed feeling a profound bond with her fellow Nassar sexual assault survivors. “When I walked in there… I didn’t know most of these girls or these women, but I felt an instant connection,” she said.