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He also cultivated a close relationship with her parents, socializing with them in the neighborhood and declining to bill their health insurer, saying that he saw their daughter’s potential and wanted to help.
Lindsey’s mom, Christy Lemke-Akeo, was so grateful for the thoughtfulness of this high-profile doctor that she bought him bottles of his favorite scotch.
At 13, when her back started aching, she returned to him.
“My pain was so extreme that it hurt to breathe, to bend down, to stand up,” she recalls.
These authority figures go unquestioned by athletes afraid to rock the boat..
Adds Courtney Kiehl, a former gymnast and executive director of Abused Children Heard Everywhere, “It’s an environment where you ask your coach for permission to go to the bathroom, to get water.
That’s when she first met Nassar, who she says treated all the girls at Twistars.
Still, Nassar defended his actions to William Strampel, the dean of the Osteopathic College at MSU, who told him, according to emails obtained by Lindsey’s lawyers, “I am on your side” — even after being made aware of abuse allegations.Top coaches and doctors are elevated to godlike status, enjoying hours upon hours of unfettered access to sheltered young girls.“Predators groom not only the child but also the community and the parents,” says Barbara Dorris, the victims’ managing director at the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, an advocacy group.It never occurred to Lindsey that he was violating her. I hadn’t had anything like that done before,” says Lindsey. According to the , which blew open this pattern of abuse in 2016, at least 368 women and girls have come forward over the past 20 years.
A former gymnast named Rachael Denhollander, now in her early 30s, publicly accused Larry Nassar after reading one of the ’s reports.
Dozens of others soon piled on, their claims eerily similar: penetration of the vagina, and sometimes the anus, with his fingers, under the guise of medical treatment.