The New York Times devotes full page to Aly Raisman’s victim impact statement against Larry Nassar

In response, the Olympic gymnast and Needham native tweeted: "Wow"

Aly Raisman confronts Larry Nassar in court on Friday. The former sports doctor has pled guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault. Matthew Dae Smith /Lansing State Journal via AP

The New York Times used a full page of Saturday’s print edition to publish the full victim impact that Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman read during Larry Nassar’s sentencing hearing.

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The newspaper topped the page with these powerful words spoken Friday in a Michigan courtroom by the six-time Olympic gymnast and Needham native: “The tables have turned, Larry. We are here, we have voices, and we are not going anywhere.”

Raisman reacted to the paper’s use of her statement on Twitter Saturday.

“WOW,” the 23-year-old said, before tweeting, “Army of survivors.”

Raisman also expressed support for her London Olympic teammate, Jordyn Wieber, who also delivered a victim impact statement Friday. The elite athletes were among the nearly 100 women and girls who delivered statements during Nassar’s trial over the course of four days this week.


“Incredibly proud of you,” she told her teammate. “You are one of the toughest people I have ever met.”

Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor, is facing a minimum of 25 to 40 years in prison for molesting girls at Michigan State University and his home. He has already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes.