Aquilina looks at Nassar during a survivor’s statement. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images.

Voices of Sexual Assault Survivors Were Amplified by Judge Aquilina

For four days in mid-January, women filled a Michigan courtroom to testify in the hearing of Larry Nassar. An abuser first and doctor second, Nassar ruined the lives of 256 women gymnasts under his medical care, many of whom came forward in court to give testimonies. The testimonies were empowering and tragic. They also highlighted how the outcomes of sexual assault cases often depend on how the judges handle them. In this courtroom, survivors found a rare ally in Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.


Marching Forward: Women, Resistance, and Counter-Power

"I think all of us are involved in struggles that seek to make our society – and ourselves – more human. There are no set formulas for counter-power because we are all different, but we share the unity of moving forward together, in a consistent and interconnected way, for humanity. We can pass on what we have learned to each other, knowing we stand together in a struggle for life, and that our struggles can bring us closer and make us stronger." - Bertha Zúñiga Cáceres, Coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular Indigenous Organizations of Honduras