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 tons of of others have endured earlier than, throughout, and persevering with to this present day within the wake of the Larry Nassar abuse,” Simone Biles, who has received 25 world championship medals and 7 Olympic medals for Crew USA, mentioned in her opening assertion.
She mentioned the organizations that have been created to guard athletes, such USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, “didn’t do their jobs.” She additionally mentioned 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 mentioned. “We now have 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 ladies and women 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 in the course of the listening to on Wednesday. They referred to as for the establishments and individuals who ought to have protected them to be held accountable, based on NBC Information.
Lawmakers requested the gymnasts what sort of accountability they want to see. Raisman mentioned 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 needs to be off limits. Nothing needs to be off limits,” she mentioned. “I personally want to see all three organizations fully investigated.”
Christopher Wray, who turned the FBI director in 2017, apologized for the failure to analyze the claims mentioned the company is making adjustments similar to necessary coaching. He additionally mentioned the FBI agent accused of failing to analyze the allegations was fired.
“That’s inexcusable. That by no means ought to have occurred, and we’re doing every part in our energy to ensure it by no means occurs once more,” he mentioned.
“I’d prefer to make a promise to the ladies who appeared right here right this moment and to all survivors of abuse. I’m not fascinated by merely addressing the incorrect and shifting on,” Wray continued. “It’s my dedication to you that I and my complete senior management workforce are going to make rattling certain everyone on the FBI remembers what occurred right here in heartbreaking element.”