Foss: Too many people enabled Larry Nassar’s abuse

Daily Gazette (Schenectady NY)

January 27, 2018

By Sara Foss

Case is disgustingly similar to pedophilia scandals that rocked Catholic Church, Penn State

I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions this year.

For whatever reason, Jan. 1 came and went without a lot of introspection on my part — without any real consideration of my goals and hopes for the next 12 months.

Of course, it’s possible to make a resolution at any time of year, and that’s what I found myself doing last week while reading one horrifying story after another about Larry Nassar, the former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and sports medicine physician at Michigan State University.

Nassar, we now know, sexually abused more than 150 young athletes in his care.

That’s appalling, but what really gets my blood boiling are the ongoing revelations about all the people who turned a blind eye to Nassar’s predatory behavior.

If not for powerful enablers, it’s unlikely Nassar’s regime of terror would have lasted so long. Unfortunately, too many people decided protecting the institutions they served was more important than responding to credible complaints of abuse from powerless girls.

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