* I wrote this blog (except the last paragraph) in real time
In the last two weeks we have heard from close to two hundred women who former Doctor Larry Nassar, team doctor for team USA Women’s Gymnastics and Michigan State University Women’s Gymnastic Team sexually assaulted. How did this happen you ask? these girls must have told someone right? Right? Well they did, in the case of Nassar’s victims at MSU. school employees were told by multiple women in 97,98,99,2000,2001, 2010 and,2014, same for Team USA multiple people were told, and it was either not reported to the proper authorities or these girls were made to believe, by Nassar, that what he was doing was just a “Typical exam” its not enough that he was allowed to abuse these women on Team USA, but then, by not stoping it, he was then allowed to continue his rein of terror at Michigan State University.
Why is this happening, why is this okay why did none of the adults stop this when they were told and told and told and told, over and over and over and over again what was happening? Why were these women told not only by Nassar but by others that “They did not know what they were talking about” did they (University Employees and those who work for Team USA) really think that this many women were that clueless as to what was going on with their own bodies.
Nassar is going to pay for this, 175 years to be exact, but others must pay, anyone and everyone that these girls reported these incidences of abuse to at Michigan State University, same as the folks at Team USA. What kind of world are we living in where those in authority use that authority to threaten and intimidate those that there are supposed to protect and guard.
Just today I was in a meeting at work regarding abuse (physical, emotional, finical, and sexual) and when it was made clear to my co-workers and I that we are all mandated reporters and they we are to report any resonable suspicion or known act of abuse to the proper authorities, I wondered to my self, yet again, how could all these people for all these years live with them selfs, go home to their families, many of them more then likely having their own daughters, granddaughters, nieces, how could they go on living knowing what they did and not say anything, and not only not say anything, but when they were told by Nassar’s accusers they were aware of what was going on, then deny it, I always knew there were some messed up people out there, but I had no idea that there were this many, and to be honest, it makes me sick to my stomach that this is the world we are living in, that this is the reality my young nieces are facing.
In the last forty-eight hours MSU President has stepped down, as has the entire USA Gymnastics Board Of Directors, this is something every one of those women that stood in the court room facing Nassar over the last week has deserved.
HOUSE OF HORROR’S
On to the next story making headlines last week, a California couple accused of horrific abuse of 13 of their 14 children after one of them bravely escaped their house of horror’s we are still learning about the living conditions but what we have learned so far is disturbing to say the least, the children were only fed once day, where chained to their beds were only allowed to shower once a year, were on a a bathroom schedule and could not wash above their wrists.
The Family dogs were treated better then the children, although we have learned that upon further investigation, there have been several bodies of dead animals found in the house.
They kept very odd hours, sleeping during the day and being awake at night, the neighbors never really suspected anything, there were never any signs of neglect or abuse.
We are still learning about this particular horrific event, these children do have loving family members that I imagine would love to be a part of their lives, but this is going to be a slow process, with a lot of de-programing to do.