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Protests Mark Women's March Anniversary As Gymnasts Testify Against Olympic Team Doctor

In Michigan, female gymnasts who survived sexual assault and abuse by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar continue to testify against the doctor in court. Nassar has already admitted to sexually abusing the athletes when they were children and adolescents, and then covering up the abuse by pretending it was part of a medical treatment. During her testimony, Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman also attacked USAGymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee for allowing the sexual abuse to continue for decades.

At least one woman has also testified that she reported the sexual abuse to officials at Michigan State University, where Larry Nassar also practiced sports medicine. A growing number of the sexual assault survivors, current students and even one Michigan State University trustee are calling on university President Lou Anna Simon to resign over questions about what she and the university knew about Nassar’s systematic sexual assault of female athletes on campus.

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