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Nearly 90 women who allege they were sexually assaulted by a former USA Gymnastics doctor plan to speak about the abuse during a four-day sentencing hearing that started Tuesday.

Larry Nassar is accused of sexually abusing more than 140 women and girls as the doctor for Team USA and Michigan State University.

He has pleaded guilty in Ingham County, Mich., to seven first-degree sexual assault charges. Before ordering a sentence, the judge in the case is allowing all of his accusers to speak if they want to.

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An event billed as a “community conversation” about sexual assault, abuse, and harassment is being held Wednesday night in Owensboro. Organizers are hoping to capitalize on the many recent cases of women coming forward with accounts of facing sexual abuse.

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced the creation of a cold case unit to investigate and work with victims involved in the state’s huge backlog of sexual assault cases.

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Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson’s suicide following sexual assault allegations has sent Frankfort reeling.

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State Rep. Dan Johnson committed suicide Wednesday evening, two days after the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published accusations that he sexually assaulted a minor.

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Update: Kentucky Rep. Dan Johnson committed suicide on Wednesday

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From the pulpit of his Fern Creek church Tuesday, state Rep. Dan Johnson ignored calls for his resignation and said he plans to seek re-election next spring.

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A day after both of Kentucky’s major political parties called for Rep. Dan Johnson to resign amid sexual assault allegations, Gov. Matt Bevin says he’s still reviewing the story and hasn’t formed an opinion on the matter.

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Kentucky Rep. Dan Johnson refused to resign and said an allegation that he sexually assaulted a teenager “has no merit” during a news conference Tuesday morning at his Fern Creek church.

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report from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting prompted calls for Rep. Dan Johnson’s resignation from across the state and political spectrum.

Jessica Ladd was sexually assaulted while at Pomona College, just as one in five college women are. She says she found the reporting process, "more traumatic than the assault" itself. She felt "like I didn't have control. A lack of agency. I wasn't believed, and ended up regretting reporting."

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