During today’s sentencing hearing for former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, his victims gave emotional impact statements, detailing the sexual abuse they suffered at his hands.
One statement, however, stood out, in both the courage shown shown by the victim and the disgusting detail she revealed.
15-year-old Emma Ann Miller detailed in her statement the abuse she suffered from Nassar, but she also revealed that her family is still paying for the medical exams Nassar gave her – the same exams in which he sexually abused her.
Emma Ann Miller, 15, told a courtroom during her victim impact statement at Nassar’s sentencing hearing her last appointment with the former USA Gymnastics national team doctor was in August 2016, before he was fired by the school.
“I’m possibly the last child he will ever assault,” she told the courtroom while maintaining her composure.
Miller described being abused in a supply closet, adding that MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine still has her family on the hook for those appointments.
“My mom is still getting billed for appointments where I was sexually assaulted,” she told the courtroom.
The 15-year-old also detailed how she thought she mattered to Nassar, and how he put her picture on his wall alongside other Olympians he treated.
“I have never wanted to hate someone in my life, but my hate for you is uncontrollable,” she told the 54 year-old, who pleaded guilty in November to multiple counts of sexual assault.
More than 80 girls and women, including some Olympians, gave statements at last week’s sentencing for Nassar, who worked at MSU and as a team doctor for USA Gymnastics.
Miller used her time in the courtroom to tell Nassar to redeem some of his actions, by providing “who knew what, and when” at Michigan State and USA Gymnastics and to detail any missed opportunities that may have stopped him.
“If you want to salvage yourself, you need to begin the reformation process, you need to do redeeming acts,” she said.
“Just remember, Larry, it’s never too late to do the right thing,” Miller added.
Here is the full video of Miller’s statement. Warning: some of the details of her statement are not safe for work.