MI--Survivors group applauds Larry Nassar’s lengthy prison sentence

For immediate release Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of California, Volunteer Member of SNAP’s Board of Directors (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina today sentenced Larry Nassar to 40-175 years in prison for his crimes. More than 150 women who were abused by the former US Gymnastics doctor as children offered victim impact statements before Aquilina announced her decision.


We applaud Aquilina for giving Nassar a lengthy prison term. When serial predators like the former doctor are given a long time behind bars, victims everywhere breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that a dangerous criminal will not be able to hurt another child while incarcerated.

Survivors are affected by childhood sexual abuse for their entire lifetimes. However, the long term effects on victims are all too often not reflected when a judge imposes sentence.

We hope more judges will follow Aquilina’s lead. Children must be protected from these dangerous predators, and the punishment for child sexual abuse should more accurately fit the crime.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)


Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com), or Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Executive Director (314-503-0003bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)


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