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Nassar Victim Purposely Injured Herself to Avoid Abuse

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By    |   Tuesday, 23 January 2018 05:38 PM

Former gymnast Mattie Larson said Tuesday she purposely injured herself to avoid abuse from USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges in state court in Michigan last month.

Larson, 25, also described the environment at the USA Gymnastics training site in Huntsville, Texas, as "eerie," during testimony she gave at Nassar's sentencing hearing for criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County Circuit Court. Nassar faces prison time of at least 25-40 years for molestation.

"From that first camp at 10 years old, I dreaded going back every single time for the next nine years," Larson said of the Karyoli Ranch, according to a report in the Lansing Journal.

"It's not only the culture there that's scary," she added. "It's literally the location."

Larson was first treated by Nassar when she was 14 and continued to receive treatment until she was 19. She was molested by him every time she sought treatment from him.

"I was taking a bath when I decided to push the bath mat aside, splash water on the tiles, get on the floor and bang the back of my head against the tub hard enough to get a bump so it seemed like I slipped," Larson said, per Sports Illustrated. "My parents immediately took me to the hospital because they thought I had a concussion. I was willing to physically hurt myself to get out of the abuse that I received at the ranch.

"When I attended the next camp, Marta Karolyi approached me and said, 'You know what, [1992 Olympic bronze medalist] Kim Zmeskal fell out of the top bunk in the cabins here and didn't miss practice the next day.' She did not say another word to me for the rest of the camp. It makes me so sad to think about how desperate I was at that time, feeling as though that were the only way I could ensure not having to go to camp."

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