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dateline: 31 January 2018

More Victims Accuse USA Gymnastics Doctor of Abuse

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • accuse: to claim that someone has committed a crime or wrongdoing
  • sentence: to state the punishment for a crime
  • molest: to sexually abuse
  • resign: to leave a position
  • allegations: claims of illegal acts or wrongdoings
  • mishandle: to not look after or respond properly or fairly

More Victims Accuse USA Gymnastics Doctor of Abuse

A third group of victims is in court this week accusing USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. Earlier this month, a sentenced Nassar to 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting 160 victims who he was to be providing medical care for. Nassar’s victims include past and present students at Michigan State University and numerous members of USA teams including gold medal winners Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber. All board members of USA Gymnastics have resigned following allegations that the mishandled reports of Nassar’s abuse for years.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What job did Larry Nassar hold?
  2. Why is Nassar going to spend the rest of his life in prison?
  3. Who resigned and why?

Discussion Questions

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

5 Comments on More Victims Accuse USA Gymnastics Doctor of Abuse

  1. Carol says:

    I feel extremely angry at such a short and disappointed news .I even can’t image this horrible story can occur in such the developed country USA and millennium contemporary .Furthermore,these had been lasted for a long period of time without one of the gymnastic board found out,which is an inexcusable mistake.Putting the criminal into prison is the least thing we could do to console the victims.Lastly,I have always believed that justice might be late but never be absent.

  2. Mohamad says:

    Ilitoned to your news for the first time.It was great.I Will Liston to it every time and everywhere .I was looking for such important teaching method many Times.Thaks for your good site.

  3. Bijan says:

    And the following link is also very interesting about USA Gymnastics and USOC’S lack of accountability:

  4. Bijan says:

    Hi again Tara,

    Today, I read on the news that Aly Raisman thinks 175 years for Larry Nassar is “Not Enough”.

    Here is the link:

    Best wishes,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

  5. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    First, thank you for this week’s news report.

    Second, I’m so happy today because I could understand the audio news report in the first step without seeing the text.

    Third, it’s one year now that I listen to your nice news reports for half an hour every day and feel my listening is improving day to day. I suggest to your students for improving their listening, it’s better to listen to the news reports every day.

    Fourth, I’m surprised why did the organization mishandle reports of Nassar’s abuse over the years in an advanced country like the USA?

    Best wishes and have a great weekend in nice Canada,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

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