Today, I’m quite satisfied to see the case of Larry Nassar become “Breaking News” in the Daily Sun, edging out the increasingly bizarre worlds of politics and weather. I spent hours watching and listening to Nassar’s 150+ survivors bravely describe what they experienced during their sports-injury “treatments”. The magnitude of this phony chiropractor’s behavior was astonishing. He persisted for over 20 years in some of the most horrendous actions imaginable, and all under the authority of major sporting organizations and a prominent university. Survivors’ complaints about his actions were ignored by virtually everyone in academic and sporting circles, as well as by most parents, and this seems to have happened because of his reputation as being “the best” in his work. He was able to mask his destruction by convincing everyone that he was, in fact, doing cutting-edge medicine. Any difficulties Nassar might experience in prison over the remainder of his life are dwarfed by the extent of harm he caused so many people.
As I refocus on issues in politics and weather, I can’t shake the feeling that fraudulent behavior is not restricted to sexual abusers. Are there equally reprehensible (yet protected) charlatans in the highest offices of government? In science? In journalism? Can a hashtag propagated by Russians molest the way our society thinks? Time will tell. I just hope that it doesn’t take 20 years to discover the damage caused by some very sick people only because society does not wish to listen to the danger signs.