Larry Nassar, the disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor who stood accused of sexually abusing more than 150 women and girls, has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison, a judge announced Wednesday.
“I’ve just signed your death warrant,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said in a Lansing, Michigan, courtroom. “I find that you don’t get it, that you’re a danger. That you remain a danger.”
During a discussion on today’s sentencing, Fox News host Trish Regan sparked an uproar after she appeared to blame Nassar’s young victims for not speaking out sooner.
“I don’t know how this happens. Where were the parents during all this? Why didn’t those young girls say something to their parents?” Regan asked during the discussion.
Below is a transcript of the exchange, courtesy of Media Matters:
LISA BOOTHE: And to think about the violation of trust here. You have girls at the young age of ten years old who at that age who explicitly trust adults and this guy took advantage of that. They went to him because they wanted him to heal injuries and instead he left irreparable scars, emotional scars that they will carry for the rest of their lives. Many of them said that they knew something was wrong but they didn’t know what to do with it and they had to go to him, they had no other option. So I mean, this is just — listening to some of the testimony, it’s powerful and it is just so incredibly sad.
TRISH REGAN: That highlights, perhaps, sort of the cult kind of culture that was surrounding all of these young girls and their parents because I look at that — I don’t know how this happens. Where were the parents during all this? Why didn’t those young girls say something to their parents? And what does that tell you about the culture of needing to succeed and this is the Olympic doctor and putting adults on pedestal within the gymnastic sphere? And I’m sure there’s many many other examples of this. But, at some point, we’re losing our way here because if those young girls couldn’t go to their parents and say, “This is happening, I don’t think it’s right.”
ANDREW NAPOLITANO: The psychological damage to the girls blinds them to their courage to report it.
one of the most consistent themes of the larry nassar trial was that the girls who told on him were all accused of lying.
enter fox news, wondering, "why didn't those young girls say something to their parents?" https://t.co/1zYN3lbfCX
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) January 24, 2018
— Pam Vogel (@pamela_vogel) January 24, 2018
@trish_regan Truly among the dumbest of dumb things a person — a parent — ever said. Take yourself off the air, as a favor to us all. Insensitive does not cover this.
You: "Where were the parents during all this? Why didn't those young girls say something to their parents?"
— Frank Rabey (@FrankRabey) January 24, 2018