Why the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal is going virtually undiscussed

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People know who Roy Moore, Republican, is. People know who Al Franken, Democrat, is. What these politicians are mostly known for, however, and how they are viewed in the present day has absolutely nothing to do with politics.

I did not think that the following would actually be the case, but I wasn’t exactly shocked to find out it was. An overwhelming majority, not all, of people I’ve talked to and asked actually don’t know who Larry Nassar is, and the few that did only seemed to have “heard the name”.

Why is this not shocking? “With power comes the abuse of power” is often the phrase associated with abusers, and rightfully so if accusations are true, which, of course, is not always the case. But was Nassar, a world-renowned doctor, not in a position of power?

There are four groups of people. The first doesn’t want to admit that sexual assault exists and thrives on “victim-shaming”. The second doesn’t want to admit that false accusers exist and thrives on conveniently believing 100% of the accusers but 0% of the accused. The third, which everything should be in, accepts that both are possible and both have happened.

The fourth is the reason that far fewer people than should seem to know exactly who Nassar is and what he has done. The fourth claims to care about assault, but for some reason, its people are rarely heard discussing the topic when it doesn’t involve a politician or politicians — in other words, it’s generally quiet when the potential gain is minimal in terms of a political motive. It may sound naïve or “offensive”, but it’s sadly the case many times if you think about it.

How many people would be obsessed over somebody like Roy Moore if his name had not come up in a sexual abuse allegation? How many people would discuss Al Franken on a daily basis? Pick a judge and pick senator’s name out of a hat and tell me if you’ve ever even heard their name before, and there’s the average answer.

Back to “With power comes the abuse of power”. Did Nassar not abuse his power? Ask the 140+ girls he assaulted. Ask the countless Olympic gymnasts he assaulted. Ask Michigan State University, which put everything they had — and continue to put everything they have — into covering it up and haven’t yet gotten as much as a slap on the wrist.

Better yet, ask him. But we don’t know anything about his political life, so it need not be discussed or even acknowledged as arguably the worst sex abuse scandal in the history of not only the world of sports but the world in general, right? People obviously don’t need to know about it with there being zero potential gain from a political standpoint. Why is this the new standard?


-Asher Fair