This College Gymnast Is the First Male Athlete to Accuse Larry Nassar of Sexual Abuse
University of Michigan freshman Jacob Moore has become the first man to accuse former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse.
Moore came forward with the allegations earlier this week and has joined hundreds of women in a lawsuit against Nassar, a doctor who was sentenced to life in prison for abusing young athletes.
In an interview with Today, the 18-year-old said, “I wasn’t a dumb kid. I knew, kind of, what medical practices were, and that one was out of the ordinary. Coming out of the treatment, I felt very uncomfortable.”
“I hope he rots in hell.” Jacob Moore, first male Nassar victim, speaks out and files suit against disgraced doctor pic.twitter.com/QvLXQxE2pN
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After allegations against Nassar began to stack up, the 18-year-old decided to research why people would receive acupuncture on the pubic area. He said, “Having found nothing, I kind of freaked out. It was just very shocking.”
Moore revealed he was inspired by his older sister Kameron Moore, who also claimed to have been assaulted by the doctor. “Me and my sister shouldn’t be able to relate over the fact that we’ve both been abused,” Jacob Moore said. “That’s just really sickening to me that he would violate a trust like that, and the things that he did were just awful.”
“I hope he rots in hell,” he added.
Moore hopes that going public with his alleged abuse will help other victims, including men, to come forward with their own stories of sexual abuse and misconduct.
He said, “I hope to God that no one else is or has been affected by this that hasn’t come out. But if there are any out there, then I don’t want them to be scared to come out because of this stigma that guys can’t be sexually abused or taken advantage of.”
Larry Nassar, a physician with both USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, was sentenced to a maximum of 175 years in prison.