On Friday, the fourth day of testimony in the criminal sentencing hearing of disgraced USA Gymnastics ex-doctor Larry Nassar, Team USA Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman delivered a victim statement that ended in resounding applause and praise from Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.

As she took the stand to deliver her statement, Raisman thanked the 鈥渁rmy of survivors鈥 who have spoken out against the doctor so far. She then turned her attention to Nassar himself.

鈥淟arry, you do realize now the women you so heartlessly abused over such a long period of time are now a force, and you are nothing,鈥 said Raisman, looking directly at her assailant. 鈥淭he tables have turned, Larry. We are here. We have our voices, and we are not going anywhere.鈥

In the course of her 13-minute statement, Raisman went on to detail the abuse she suffered at her former team doctor鈥檚 hands and its negative psychological aftermath. She also had strong words for USA Gymnastics, the organization that employed Nassar, demanding that the organization take accountability for its attempts to quiet Nassar鈥檚 accusers.

鈥淲here is the honesty?鈥 asked Raisman. 鈥淲here is the transparency? Why must the manipulation continue?鈥

鈥淭o believe in the future of gymnastics is to believe in change,鈥 she went on. 鈥淏ut how are we to believe in change when these organizations aren鈥檛 even willing to acknowledge the problem? It鈥檚 easy to put out statements saying that athlete care is the highest priority. But they鈥檝e been saying that for years when all the while this nightmare was happening. False assurances from organizations are dangerous, especially when people want so badly to believe them. They make it easier to look away from the problem and enable bad things to continue to happen.鈥

When Raisman concluded, Judge Aquilina commended the young athlete: 鈥淚鈥檓 an adult, and I鈥檓 listening, and I鈥檓 sorry it took this long. You are unstoppable. You are part of an unstoppable force.鈥

Raisman, who originally came forward about her experience of abuse in November, was the 73rd woman to give testimony this week so far. 120 women are expected to testify in total.

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