Judge, victims receive support on social media following Larry Nassar sentencing
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina and victims of Larry Nassar received wide support on Twitter following the notorious sex offender’s sentencing on Wednesdayother sports Updated: Jan 25, 2018 15:56 IST
Former US Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to a jail term between 40 to 175 years after as many as 156 women testified in court that he had abused them over the years under the pretext of medical treatment.
The historic judgment, which was passed by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina in the Michigan courtroom on Wednesday, means Nassar is likely to remain in prison throughout his life. “I’ve just signed your death warrant,” Aquilina was quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse. “You do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again. You’re a danger, you remain a danger. Anywhere you walk destruction will occur to those most vulnerable.”
His victims not only included famous names like Olympic medal winners Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney, but also a number of other athletes at Michigan State University, where he worked.
The judgement was mostly well-received on social media, with many praising Judge Aquilina for her forthright comments during the court proceedings.
I want all of the men who are tweeting about how Judge Aquilina is being too mean to Larry Nasser to launch themselves into the sun; thank you SOOOOO much!!!— Caitlin Rodham Bower (@galinja) January 24, 2018
Larry Nasser gets 175 years and it's still not enough. Everyone @USGym and @michiganstateu who looked the other way when they knew what was up, needs to serve JAIL TIME TOO. Send the true message that we will protect victims of abuse, not the abusers. Not funny at all, but tru— The Sklar Brothers (@SklarBrothers) January 24, 2018
I believe very much that sports can be so great for girls, teaching them to feel powerful and confident and believe in their bodies. What's so heartbreaking about these is seeing how Nasser stole all that from these top athletes. https://t.co/Cco9OTpvsx— Katie Notopoulos (@katienotopoulos) January 24, 2018
Huge huge <3 to @Aly_Raisman & all the other brave women coming forward to face Larry Nasser who sexually abused these women... and damn damn to the lack of coverage on this tbhhttps://t.co/7h0kFI9APv— Nilo Tabrizy (@ntabrizy) January 19, 2018
All kinds of men telling on themselves, expressing contempt not at Larry Nasser who molested at least 150 women — that we know of — but at the judge for being forceful and openly contemptuous of him during his sentencing.— 💜🏳️🌈 ♿️✡️ Mx. Amadi (@amaditalks) January 24, 2018
After tossing aside Larry Nasser’s letter where he appears to not accept he is in the wrong, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina tells him "I wouldn’t send my dogs to you sir." pic.twitter.com/W6PRQyH7KE— Julia Macfarlane (@juliamacfarlane) January 24, 2018
Applaud the Larry Nasser sentence and then demand accountability for the institutions and people in positions of power who knew of abuse and chose to champion the status quo instead of protecting children.— Lawyer Thoughts (@lawyerthoughts) January 24, 2018
Nassar had already been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography.