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18 Women Sue Sports Doctor for Alleged Assault

18 female athletes have recently sued a sports doctor who specialized in treating Olympic athletes, claiming they were sexually abused by him from a young age. The claims span two decades.

About the Sexual Abuse Allegations

According to several news outlets, including Reuters, Larry Nassar, a former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and ex-employee of Michigan State University, has been detained since December 2016 and is under investigation over numerous allegations of serious misconduct and abuse.

These incidents apparently took place over the last twenty years and involved athletes aged 9 to 29 participating in a wide range of sports, including gymnastics, basketball, soccer, and swimming.

According to the lawsuit, Nassar is said to have perpetrated most of the abuse while performing “adjustments” on the athletes’ extremities while treating their hip, leg, back, and ankle injuries.

Sexual Assault and Abuse Statistics

  • According to official statistics compiled by RAINN, as of 1998, an estimated 17.7 million American women have been victims of such assault.
  • Young women are most especially at risk, with 1 out of 6 American women having been victimized in their lifetime.
  • Females aged 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to have experienced violence of this nature.
  • 94% of affected women suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the incident, 33% of them consider suicide, and 13% actually attempt it.
  • Victims in general are far more likely to use drugs such as marijuana and cocaine than the general populace.

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