After Nassar: Preventing Sexual Abuse in Youth Sports

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Ashley Erickson gives a victims impact statement at the sentencing of Larry Nassar who has been accused of molesting about 150 girls while he was a physician for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, where he had his sports-medicine practice.

More than 150 victims. 175 years. Those are the numbers that made headlines after Larry Nassar, a long time doctor with USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, was sentenced up to 175 years for multiple sex crimes against young gymnasts. Many victims had reported Nassar's behavior before the trial and point to USA Olympics, the International Olympic Committee and Michigan State as culpable players in ongoing abuse that spans decades. In this hour we'll discuss the scandal, why it continued for so long and what can be done to prevent sexual abuse of athletes in the future.


Jessica O'Beirne, host, GymCastic podcast

Joan Ryan, author, "Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnastics and Figure Skaters"; former sports columnist, San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner

Emily Austin, senior policy and advocacy associate, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault