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Gold medalist to Nassar: I won't live as a victim any longer

By The Associated Press • Jan 20, 2018 at 7:00 AM

LANSING (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber described herself in court Friday as one of 140 survivors of sexual assault by Larry Nassar, as Michigan State University called on the state's attorney general to investigate the school's handling of complaints against the disgraced former sports doctor.

Wieber is the fourth member of the "Fierce Five" — the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team — to publicly tell of abuse by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment.

"Even though I'm a victim, I do not and will not live my life as one," Wieber said during the fourth day of Nassar's sentencing hearing. "I'm an Olympian despite being abused. I worked hard and managed to achieve my goal. But I want everyone — especially the media — to know that despite my athletic achievements I am one of over 140 women and survivors whose story is important."

The 54-year-old Nassar faces a minimum sentence of 25 to 40 years in prison for molesting girls at Michigan State University and his home. He also was a team doctor at the Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics. He already has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography crimes.

As victims gave impact statements for a fourth consecutive day Friday, Michigan State's board of trustees asked state Attorney General Bill Schuette to review its handling of Nassar, amid growing calls for Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon to resign or be fired.

The university fired Nassar in 2016, as allegations against him stretching back years came to light.

The board, which has defended Simon, said in a letter to Schuette that "questions grew louder this week with the victim impact statements. ... After watching many of these heartbreaking statements and reading accounts about them, we have concluded that only a review by your office can resolve the questions in a way that the victims, their families, and the public will deem satisfactory and that will help all those affected by Nassar's horrible crimes to heal."

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