U.S.A Gymnasts Deliver Powerful Speeches And Share #MeToo Stories
The #MeToo Movement has inspired hundreds of women to break their silence about being sexually abused and harassed by powerful men. It wasn’t long before Hollywood’s biggest stars began sharing their own stories in the wake of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations. And now, Olympic U.S.A gymnasts are stepping out in courage against the former U.S.A gymnastics national team physician, Larry Nassar, who has been accused of sexual abuse by more than 140 women, including some of the gold medalists from the past Olympic Games — Aly Raisman and Simone Biles.
However, the most powerful lines delivered during the Nassar scandal have seem to come from Raisman who gave an electrifying speech while confronting Nassar in court on Monday. “Larry, you do realize now that we, this group of women you so heartlessly abused over such a long period of time, are now a force, and you are nothing,” Raisman said.
Raisman encouraged U.S.A gymnastics and everyone listening to speak up, call out and condemn inappropriate behaviour in her speech with the hope to one day end sexual harassment altogether.
"My dream is that one day everyone will know what the words #MeToo signify. But they will be educated and able to protect themselves from predators like Larry so that they will never ever, ever have to say the words, 'me, too,’" she said.
Nassar pleaded guilty to all charges of sexual assault and was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison. The gymnasts have been giving the judge who sentenced Nassar, Rosemarie Aquilina, public thank yous and calling her their “hero.”