Today is Day 5 of Larry Nassar’s sentencing in a Michigan courtroom. Last week, more than 80 women spoke about how Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment. Today, the 95th survivor in these proceedings gave a doozy a statement in Judge Rosmarie Aquilina’s court.
Emma Ann Miller, who is just 15 years old, stood next to her mother and addressed the court. Speaking with remarkable poise, Miller explained that she has known Nassar her whole life and considered him to be a male role model and a friend. She also sought treatment from Nassar, who sexually abused her as he did so many others who considered him to be a friend. She said that the last “treatment” she received from Nassar was in August 2016, possibly making her the last child to be assaulted by the former physician. Rachael Denhollander filed her report with the MSU police in August 2016, which led to Nassar’s employment termination.
One of the most appalling details in Miller’s statement was when she said that MSU sports medicine clinic is still trying to charge her for her visits to Nassar. “My mom is still getting billed for appointments where I was sexually assaulted,” she said in her statement.
This follows the revelation that at least 14 MSU staffers and representatives knew about Nassar’s abuse beginning as early as 1992. That collection of staffers includes university president Lou Anna Simon, who inexplicably received a vote of confidence from the school’s trustees last Friday.
Aly Raisman was right. It is time to burn it all down.
Update (5:40 p.m. ET): MSU said it would not be billing any of Nassar’s former patients.