Day 5 of Nassar sentencing: 'You damn well should cry'
Thirty-six women and girls addressed the court on Monday during ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics Dr. Larry Nassar's sentencing for sexual abuse.
One survivor's mother told Judge Rosemarie Aquilina how Nassar's abuse affected her and her daughter.
The mother remained anonymous, but Victim 170 is her daughter.
When Victim 170's mother started her statement, she looked directly at Nassar and asked if he knew who she was, and in a rare moment of acknowledgement and emotion, he nodded yes with tears in his eyes.
"You damn well should cry, because you broke my daughter's heart in a million pieces," she said.
She went on to describe how her daughter had refused to admit Nassar abused her until last Thursday, when she watched through every single survivor's testimony and made the decision to address the court Tuesday.
The mother said her daughter was going to go to court Monday, but instead made the decision to attend school because she wanted to "hold her head up high." She also decided to sit down with all of her teachers to explain why she had been leaving class sobbing.
Her daughter quit gymnastics five years ago. But on Monday, she returned to the gym because she refused to let Nassar take away something she loved.
"I'm just a mom that feels guilty every single day, because I couldn't protect her from you," Victim 170's mother said. "I would just like you to say you're sorry."
Earlier in the day, Emma Ann Miller, age 15, addressed the court and explained she is not ashamed to be a Spartan, even with what Nassar did.
A total of 125 women and girls have given their victim impact statements, with at least 15 more to speak Tuesday.
The sentencing continues 9:15 a.m. Tuesday
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