The story unfolds. Since 2016, USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s name has been spread through the news like wildfire. Years later, a documentary called Athlete A on Netflix will tell the story of his many survivors.
Forbes reports that during his career, Nassar worked as a physician at both Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, where he treated countless young girls and women.
As it turns out, when he was supposed to be helping his patients, Nassar was actually sexually harassing and assaulting them during their physical therapy sessions.
To this day, over 150 women have come forward with accusations towards the doctor, and in 2017, he pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, resulting in a prison sentence of 40 to 175 years.
“Your crimes have cut into the core of this community and families and many we don’t know,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar at his 2018 sentencing, PEOPLE reports.
“There was no medical treatment. You did this for your pleasure and your control. You still think that somehow you are right … I wouldn’t send my dogs to you, sir… I just signed your death warrant.”
According to PEOPLE, Nassar’s list of survivors includes well-known gymnasts such as Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Simone Biles, and Aly Raisman.
In their upcoming documentary, Netflix will explore how these women’s tragic stories of assault by USA Gymnastics were swept under the rug for years.
In the film’s trailer, the company’s former CEO, Stephen Penny Jr. can be heard confirming that the organization failed to turn over allegations to the police.
PEOPLE reports that during the trial, 26-year-old Raisman was given the opportunity to address her abuser.
“You never healed me. You took advantage of our passions and our dreams. Imagine feeling like you have no power, and no voice. Well you know what Larry, I have my power and my voice, and I will use them,” she said.
Athlete A will feature footage from countless other survivors as they recount their years of abuse and share their stories of healing.
The documentary will premiere on Netflix on Wednesday, June 24. You can check out the trailer below.
This article contains descriptions of sexual assault, which may trigger some readers. If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, call the Assaulted Women's Helpline at 1-866-863-0511 or find them online here. You can also contact the Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Assault at 1-866-887-0015 or online here. For a list of resources by province, go here.