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Episode 263 - Larry Nassar: Mental Gymnastics

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In the gruelling world of elite gymnastics, Larry Nassar was seen by a lot of young athletes as a friendly face in tough times. As the USA Gymnastics National Medical Coordinator, he performed treatments on children as young as ten, for almost 30 years.

And under cover of those treatments, he was routinely molesting hundreds of young girls for decades – sometimes multiple times a day, often with their parents sitting just metres away.

After multiple investigations, he seemed untouchable. But thanks to the bravery of his survivors – and the discovery of three external hard drives – the world saw him for what he really was: a calculated predator, with more victims than Bill Cosby, Jerry Sandusky and Harvey Weinstein combined. Hannah and Suruthi chart the biggest sexual abuse scandal in sports history.

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Sources:

https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/1/19/16897722/sexual-abuse-usa-gymnastics-larry-nassar-explained

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https://www.thecut.com/2018/11/how-did-larry-nassar-deceive-so-many-for-so-long.html

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/26/larry-nassar-abuse-gymnasts-scandal-culture

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42725339

https://www.netflix.com/title/81034185

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42806911

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/28/581397061/how-larry-nassars-abuse-went-on-for-so-long

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2018/01/24/here-are-the-larrry-nassar-comments-that-drew-gasps-in-the-courtroom/

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/03/sports/larry-nassar-gymnastics-hbo-doc.html

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