Sept. 16, 2021 — 4 medal-winning U.S. gymnasts shared their tales on Wednesday of being sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar.
They expressed frustration whereas recounting traumatic and graphic particulars throughout a Senate listening to on the FBI’s mishandling of the investigation into Nassar’s actions, in accordance to NBC News.
“I don’t need one other younger gymnast, or Olympic athlete, or any particular person to expertise the horror that I and a whole lot of others have endured earlier than, throughout, and persevering with to today within the wake of the Larry Nassar abuse,” Simone Biles, who has gained 25 world championship medals and 7 Olympic medals for Workforce USA, stated in her opening assertion.
She stated the organizations that have been created to guard athletes, such USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, “did not do their jobs.” She additionally stated the FBI “turned a blind eye.”
“We suffered and proceed to undergo as a result of nobody at FBI, USAG, or the USOPC did what was obligatory to guard us,” she stated. “We’ve got been failed, and we deserve solutions.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee listening to got here after a Justice Department inspector general report from July detailed the FBI’s mishandling of the case in opposition to Nassar. The report discovered that gymnasts contacted the FBI about sexual assault in 2015, however he continued to deal with gymnasts at Michigan State College, a highschool, and a gymnastics membership till September 2016.
In 2017, Nassar pleaded responsible to abusing 10 of greater than 265 girls and ladies who’ve come ahead to say they have been molested, NBC Information reported. He’s now in jail and can serve as much as 175 years.
Gymnasts McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, and Maggie Nichols additionally spoke through the listening to on Wednesday. They referred to as for the establishments and individuals who ought to have protected them to be held accountable, in line with NBC Information.
Lawmakers requested the gymnasts what sort of accountability they wish to see. Raisman stated an impartial investigation ought to take a look at connections between the FBI, USA Gymnastics, and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
“No one ought to be off limits. Nothing ought to be off limits,” she stated. “I personally wish to see all three organizations utterly investigated.”
Christopher Wray, who grew to become the FBI director in 2017, apologized for the failure to research the claims stated the company is making adjustments reminiscent of obligatory coaching. He additionally stated the FBI agent accused of failing to research the allegations was fired.
“That’s inexcusable. That by no means ought to have occurred, and we’re doing the whole lot in our energy to ensure it by no means occurs once more,” he stated.
“I’d wish to make a promise to the ladies who appeared right here immediately and to all survivors of abuse. I’m not curious about merely addressing the incorrect and transferring on,” Wray continued. “It’s my dedication to you that I and my whole senior management group are going to make rattling positive all people on the FBI remembers what occurred right here in heartbreaking element.”