USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced on Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting young female gymnasts.
He is already serving a 60-year sentence in federal prison for child pornography convictions.
He was a man who was well-known and entrusted with training and developing the spirit and mind of young girls, whose aspiration … was to be a famous gymnast. Instead, he abused his authority. He broke the spirit and the mind of many of these young girls.
The questions are many. Who knew what he was really doing? How did he get away with it for so long … and, with so many young girls? Why didn’t the girls speak out, at the time?
I don’t have answers to all the questions, but I can tell you what I believe, concerning the young girl’s silence, at the time it was happening. This man was in a position of leadership and authority. He apparently was respected by many. He knew how to hide the monster inside. He knew how to gain their confidence. He knew how to manipulate them. He knew they would not tell anyone. And … that … is the power that child predators have over their victims. Children, usually have been manipulated, groomed, and/or threatened to believe that no one would believe them or that that the predator could extract harm to them or their loved ones.
So, how do we trip up the predators? How do we stop them from harming our children?
We talk to them! We talk to them about child predators as soon as we feel we can get our message across. We have to approach our children … before the predators do!
This is why I wrote “The Promise Book; Tell Someone.” This small book makes it easy for young children to understand the much-needed message about child predators, without confusing and scaring them. Children need to hear from you … before something happens … that they can come to you for support, no matter who that predator might be. With the movies and songs, and peer pressure young children experience, today … the need to know that it is not acceptable for someone to touch them and make them feel uncomfortable, is greater than ever. It is up to us, as parents and guardians, to send that message, before … a child’s spirit is broken … not after.
The blame for the misery these young gymnasts experienced falls completely on this monster, Larry Nassar. However, perhaps the next predator can be stop, and a child spared … if we talk to them first … and they, in turn … tell someone.
Below is a link to the Nassar story:
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Debbie Barth: 1/24/2018 at 5:01 pm ET
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