Auhor SCOTT CACCIOLAJAN
On the seventh day of an extraordinary sentencing hearing, they found themselves together again: three young women in a sea of dozens who listened and watched and waited for justice to come in a case that had bound them for months.
Larissa Boyce, a 37-year-old mother of four, first met Alexis Alvarado, 19, and Christine Harrison, 23, in November. At the time, they were part of a growing mass of victims who had accused Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar, a former team doctor for U.S.A. Gymnastics, of sexual assault. From the start, they found solidarity in their mutual struggle.
“We have not gone a day without talking,” Ms. Boyce said.
On Wednesday, one piece of their collective story came to an end when Dr. Nassar, after more than 150 victims made themselves heard in court, was sentenced to as many as 175 years in prison. It was, in some ways, more symbolic than punitive. Dr. Nassar had already been sentenced to 60 years in prison on a federal conviction for child pornography.
But this was still the sentence that the victims — survivors, really — craved, and one that the court delivered.
“It does feel like a relief,” said Ms. Alvarado, who felt supported throughout the ordeal by her new friends.Key among them: Ms. Boyce, whom Ms. Alvarado and Ms. Harrison both say they revere. Ms. Boyce was among the first women to give a name and a face to the victims when she went public with her accusations against Dr. Nassar in March 2017. Ms. Alvarado recalled watching the film clip of Ms. Boyce’s news conference over and over before she found the courage to report that she, too, had been assaulted by Dr. Nassar.
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