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Nassar Sentencing Concludes; Survivors Look Ahead

Rachael Denhollander speaking to the media.
Katie Cook
Rachael Denhollander (L) speaks to the media after Larry Nassar's Eaton County sentencing Monday morning.

Larry Nassar received his third and final sentence this morning in Eaton County.






Judge Janice Cunningham sentenced Larry Nassar to 40 to 125 years Monday morning, for the three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct he pleaded guilty to in Eaton County. Most of these crimes were perpetrated at Twistars Gymnastics Club.


This sentence will run concurrent with his Ingham County sentence of 40 to 175 years and will start after his federal sentence for child pornography. This means he will serve the 60 year federal sentence and then both the Ingham and Eaton County sentences will begin.


After the sentencing, Rachael Denhollander spoke to the media. She was the first of Nassar’s victims to publicly accuse him.


“I am overwhelmed with gratitude to hear Judge Cunningham say, ‘this concludes the criminal prosecution of Larry Nassar.’ At the same time, I am also very relieved to hear her acknowledgement that we would not be here, had the adults in authority done what they should have done 20 years ago. We have taken care of one perpetrator, we have not taken care of the systems that allowed him to flourish for 20 years.”


Denhollander went on to say Michigan State University has not truly apologized and is more concerned with institutional protectionism than the survivors.


She plans to lead the charge in holding institutions accountable, and says she will see these issues through to the end.


“The criminal proceedings with Larry are done, but we will now be turning our attention with even greater force to the institutional dynamics that led to the greatest sexual assault scandal in history.”

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