I’ve seen some people, whom I think of as being generally good and sensible, be unclear that Larry Nassar is, in fact, a rapist. I gathered some mateirals for an LGM comment, but I wanted to pull it up to make it easier to refer too
The BI (revised) Uniform Crime Report definition of rape is:
Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.
From the plea agreement, page 4:
Between August 1, 2012 and October 1, 2012, Defendant sexually penetrated Victim A by putting his finger into her vagina. Victim A was under the age of 13 at the time.
He raped a young girl. He raped a lot of people
The relevant part of the Michigan Penal Code is titled:
THE MICHIGAN PENAL CODE (EXCERPT) Act 328 of 1931
CHAPTER LXXVI RAPE
And what he pled to was 7 counts of “750.520b Criminal sexual conduct in the first degree; circumstances; felony; consecutive terms.” which is the first bit after definitions of LXXVI.
That is he pled to 7 counts of first degree rape and undoubtedly committed many, many other rapes.
The Michigan Penal Code naming of the offense is travesty that news outlets should not perpetuate. He’s a rapist, pure and simple. He raped little girls who came to him in physical pain seeking treatment. He raped them while their parents were in the room. He wrote a letter to the judge which included the assertion that “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”.
I’m strongly against the death penalty. I’m strongly against “prison justice”. I loath prison rape jokes, etc.
But Nasser tests me on all that. Hard.
I don’t know that I’d pass that test if I were in a position to act.