Nastia Liukin stands behind all of the women victimized by US Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar. In her blog post titled, “To The Gymnastics Community,” Nastia shared her support for other women including McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, and many others following the issuing of their victim-impact statements in court.
In her letter, Nastia writes she “continues to be in awe” of her teammates and the women who have come out to reveal their stories of abuse. The courage and bravery it takes to speak publicly about their collective suffering are tremendous. Nastia wrote,” they all inspire me with their courage.”
It “takes incredible fortitude and strength” and Larry’s actions against the women and girls were “appalling and disgusting.” In November of 2017, Larry pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual abuse and faced close to 25 to 40 years for each charge.
And while she supports the steps that have been taken to contribute to a better working environment for athletes, Nastia said her support of the sport doesn’t necessarily conflate with the support of the organization as a whole.
Nastia will “do everything in (her) power” to aid the next generation in their development as athletes and as human beings. Liukin hopes no one has to go through what her teammates went through.
The gymnast added she is here not only for her fellow teammates and acquaintances in the sport but also for all the young women out there who want and deserve to feel safe.
So far, the judge who oversees the sentencing of the former sports doctor, Larry Nassar, said on Monday that nearly 100 girls and women were “sister-survivor warriors.”
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said she wants all of the girls to know that she remembers their “face and the face of all of the sister survivor warriors” and Aquilina has heard everything they’ve had to say.