A victim of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, confronted him Tuesday, and she’s chosen to forgive him.
While delivering her victim impact statement during Nassar’s sentencing hearing Tuesday, Jennifer Rood Bedford, a former volleyball player at Michigan State University, shared details of her abuse before going on to plead with the doctor to “be a better man.”
“I believe that what you've done — those choices you made — is not who God intended for you to be when he chose to bring you into this world,” she said. “You can choose to be a better man and to be a different person.”
Despite such despicable abuse, Bedford went on to say she prays for Nassar, Kate Wells of Michigan Radio reported.
“Please know my forgiveness toward you is sincere. Especially in the light ... of the forgiveness that’s been granted to me, that I should be called a child of God,” Bedford said. “What you’ve done ... is not who God intended you to be.”
“I am a warrior,” Bedford says. “I know the end of my story: I will win.”
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Looking back, Bedford said she didn’t think anyone would have believed her if she spoke out about Nassar’s abuse.
“Everyone trusted him. I told myself I needed to trust him too,” she recalled. “So I convinced myself it was just a normal part of the procedure and kept my mouth shut.”
Ultimately, though, Bedford said she “couldn’t shake the voice in my head that said something wasn’t right.”
Bedford’s testimony came the first day of Nassar’s four-day sentencing hearing, during which he will hear victim impact statements from numerous women.
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