Ex-Michigan State University doctor and former Holt resident Larry Nassar is facing over 80 sexual abuse allegations, and that number seems to grow every week. Holt, a small and tight-knit community of just under 24,000 people watched as the headlines of court cases and accusations piled up. Nassar was a long-time resident and, at one point, an active member of the community. The reports began last August, when former Olympic gymnast Rachael Denhollander published her story about her experiences 17 years prior with him. Her story has been echoed by many more defendants: Nassar, ungloved and without proper explanation, digitally penetrated her vagina during what was then explained to her as a “medical treatment.”
Denhollander learned later, as many of Nassar’s other patients, this was not a legitimate medical procedure—at the very least, not a commonly used and unexplained one.