By Benedict Carey
January 26, 2018
The spectacle of more than 150 young women telling their stories of sexual
abuse before a court, the world, and the perpetrator himself seemed straight
from the movies, a cathartic ending to a dark, yearslong drama that had been
all too real.
It is rare, perhaps unprecedented, for so many victims to stand in court
and, with the encouragement of a judge, to describe aloud for days the abuse
they endured. Therapists said that the chance to testify at the sentencing
hearing of Dr. Lawrence B. Nassar was worth taking for those who felt ready
to do so.