Former US gymnast shares her story at Philly's inaugural All Survivors Day

Pat Toddy
November 03, 2018 - 10:15 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Abuse victims came together Saturday for the inaugural All Survivors Day at Independence Mall.

Organizers say they wanted to give people a safe place to share their stories and support as they fight for justice.

Hope and pain stood shoulder-to-shoulder in Old City as Sarah Klein, former gymnast for Team USA, spoke about a dubious honor.

"I'm the first known victim of Larry Nassar, in 1988," she said.

The 39-year-old faced her former team doctor in court, back in January.

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The now-convicted pedophile didn't seem like a predator, Klein recalled.

"This can be your doctor, your teacher, your friend, your trusted advisor, the good guy -- you know Larry Nassar was the good guy,” she said.

She was one of several survivors recounting their personal nightmares at the expense of their privacy.

The event was meant to honor that type of sacrifice.

"What we're doing is honoring all survivors of sex assault, young and old, their families and supporters." said Penn Law Professor Marci Hamilton who helped launch the All Survivors Day.

Shed vowed to bring it back to Philadelphia the first Saturday of next November.