Courtney Kiehl

The Takeaway: Families Reckon with Abuse After Nassar's Sentencing

Courtney Kiehl
The Takeaway: Families Reckon with Abuse After Nassar's Sentencing

On Wednesday, former USA Gymnastics team doctor and Michigan State University faculty member, Larry Nassar was given a sentence of 40 to 175 years in prison for the years of sexual abuse he committed against young women and girls.

Following Nassar’s sentencing, Michigan State President Lou Anna K. Simon announced her intention to resign amidst strong criticism of the way the school dealt with claims about Nassar’s abuse.

In the past week, more than 150 women gave grueling testimony about the abuse they suffered by Nassar. The case has raised serious questions about how Nassar was able to sexually assault athletes in his care for so long, and whom parents can and should trust with the care of child athletes.

Courtney Kiehla former elite gymnast who was sexually abused by her coach, Robert Shawler, in 2002, and her mother, Joyce Kiehl, discuss the Nassar case and share their story. 

Courtney Kiehl is now a sexual abuse attorney and executive director of the A.C.H.E. Foundation, a nonprofit that supports survivors of sexual abuse.

This segment is hosted by Todd Zwillich