THIS POST HAS BEEN UP FOR FOUR DAYS NOW AND THERE ARE NO COMMENTS. I RENAMED IT AND ACCEPT THAT IT'S SIMPLY NOT A POST ANY ONE WANTS TO DEAL WITH, ALTHOUGH THE SECTION ON WHAT PARENTS CAN DO TO PROTECT KIDS IS WORTH YOUR TIME.
January 17th 2018THIS POS
These testimonies are raw and disturbing.
"Two school pictures floated side-by-side on a projection screen in the Michigan courtroom. Both images caught the same small girl — in one, all gawky smile and bangs; the next, braces and long hair — a few years apart. Until this week, the child in the snapshots had been officially identified only as “Victim Z.A.” or “a family friend.” But on Tuesday, Kyle Stephens, now a young woman, stepped out from the curtain of anonymity to directly address disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar before a judge in Lansing."
Kyle Stephens, Jessica Thomashow, and Jade Capua.
Kaylee McDowells, describes Larry Nassars relationship with her and being assaulted hundreds of times during the fourth day of Nassars sentencing in Lansing Michigan on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.
There are many more but in the end former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison on seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. Prior to his sentencing, 169 victims and family members gave emotional, cathartic and riveting testimony before the now-disgraced doctor, who is accused of serial sexual abuse by over 140 women. Their statements made for a powerful show of solidarity and sisterhood.
In my opinion, Lary Nassar was a very sick man likely to have been a very sick child once. What a pity that no one saw the signs and got him help. I have searched and can find no reference to his early life, parents or much of any background pre-teen information.
What Can Parents Do?
"...Recognize that the culture of obedience is not limited to the world of gymnastics. America today is a place where parents make and enforce the rules, and where children’s voices, emotions, and behaviors are continually silenced, discouraged, dismissed, criticized, and punished. The fallback position in many families is still one of control and manipulation. Children are routinely told that their outbursts and tantrums are unacceptable; that “talking back” and “showing disrespect” is grounds for punishment; and that sharing unpleasant information about themselves — “I cheated on a test” or “I got drunk at a party” — will bring their parents pain or shame. Outdated parenting tactics meant to get children to do what we want, when we want, without argument undermine our efforts to empower children to trust their instincts, question authority, and speak the heck up when the time comes. And, as we saw with Larry Nassar, you never know when the time may come.