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>> No one ever has the right to ask a victim of sexual abuse why they never said anything.>> For years, Bailey Lorencen kept a secret. USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar abused her when she was just a middle school gymnast. But even after reporting him to authorities, Lorencen, now 23 years old, remained hesitant to share her story and was only known as victim b.
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But as she watched dozens of other victims speak out at Nassar's sentencing, last month, she realized she wanted to add her voice and her name to the growing chorus. Reuters reporter, Joseph Ax.>> One of the things that we've heard from the women that we interviewed, but also from the women that have spoken in court is that speaking out and using their names is a way of regaining some power and showing Nassar that he no longer has power over them.
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They're the ones that are powerful. And now, he's gonna have to pay for what he did.>> Good morning, my name is Kyle Stephens. Up until this point, I've been known as victim ZA, or a family friend.>> Prosecutors had expected 88 victims to speak, but by the time the trial ended, 160 women had delivered emotional statements.
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Lorencen's experience shows how the Nassar case, coming amid an ongoing national debate over sexual misconduct and the #MeToo movement, is likely to convince more victims to step forward.>> Experts in sexual trauma have long documented the problem of sex abuse victims not coming forward and one of the big reasons for that is that in a lot of cases, they're not believed.
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And in this case, this case really puts that into stark relief because Larry Nassar was in many ways a legend. He was a doctor to all these famous Olympians and a lot of the victims, during his sentencing hearing, have talked about that. That they felt so privileged to see the great Larry Nassar.
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>> Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison in January. His third sentencing here in Eaton County, Michigan, is expected to continue into next week as more victims speak out.>> In addition, some victims like me also have anxiety.