By Benedict Carey

January 26, 2018

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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.