By Lillie Hardy
Every year, roughly 321,500 people are victims of rape and sexual assault in the United States. Of these cases, more than 90% of perpetrators walk away without any consequence, constructing a message that conveys that sexual assault is acceptable.
In recent cases, the urgency of sexual assault has been brought to light by mainstream media. With the abrupt firing of Matt Lauer, Matt Zimmerman, and many other well-known celebrities, Hollywood is making it clear that sexual harassment will no longer be tolerated; not only in their environment, but in America as a whole. By publicly addressing this issue, they are raising awareness for a subject that impacts nearly all men, women, and even children in the United States. And recently, with the case of Larry Nassar, his trial has served as one of the largest displays of justice for victims of this abuse.
Larry Nassar, 53, completed his medical degree at Michigan State in 1993. He became the USA Gymnastic National Team physician in 1996, performing medical care for the USA gymnasts. He rose to the top as a doctor, and was highly respected as one of the most professional and competent doctors in the industry.
Larry Nassar has recently been sentenced to 175 years in prison. He was first arrested in November 2016 on three counts of first degree criminal sexual misconduct. Larry Nassar spent two decades working behind the USA Gymnastics National Team, and during this time, sexually abused over 150 young girls.
Many of the girls claimed that they had no idea that Nassar was committing such wrongdoings, as he would behave as though all acts were purely for medical reasons.
By sending Nassar to prison until the day of his death, the court system has proven that victims will be brought justice and that tolerance for perpetrators will be non-existent.
NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE: 800-656-4673
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