US gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols excoriated USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic Committee and the FBI in a robust Senate testimony on Wednesday for failing to take fast motion over sexual abuse allegations in opposition to workforce physician Larry Nassar. “We have been failed and we deserve answers,” mentioned the 24-year-old Biles, a seven-time Olympic medalist and probably the most adorned gymnast in world championships historical past. While condemning the inaction of the FBI, the gymnasts had harsh phrases for the management of USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC).
“We suffered and continue to suffer because no one at the FBI, USAG or USOPC did what was necessary to protect us,” Biles mentioned.
Maroney, who gained a workforce gold medal on the 2012 London Olympics, mentioned she reported the abuse by USA Gymnastics physician Nassar to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2015.
“They allowed a child molester to go free for more than a year,” the 25-year-old Maroney instructed the Senate Judiciary Committee. “They had legal, legitimate evidence of child abuse and did nothing.”
Nassar, 58, is serving a life sentence after pleading responsible in late 2017 and early 2018 to sexually assaulting girls and women whereas working as a sports activities drugs physician at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University (MSU).
Hundreds of ladies — together with Olympians, gymnasts and collegiate athletes — have accused Nassar of sexually abusing them over the course of his greater than two-decade profession.
Biles, Maroney, Raisman and Nichols have been invited to testify earlier than the Senate committee in regards to the “FBI’s dereliction of duty in the Nassar case.”
Nichols, who gained a gold medal on the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, mentioned she reported Nassar’s abuse to USA Gymnastics management in 2015.
“I am haunted by the fact that even after I reported my abuse so many women and girls had to suffer at the hands of Larry Nassar,” Nichols mentioned.
“USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee have all betrayed me and those who were abused by Larry Nassar,” the 24-year-old Nichols mentioned.
FBI Director Christopher Wray and Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department Inspector General, are scheduled to testify earlier than the Senate panel later Wednesday in a separate session.
Horowitz’s workplace was the writer of a damning report revealed in July that seemed into the FBI’s dealing with of accusations in opposition to Nassar.
It discovered that regardless of the “extraordinarily serious nature of the allegations,” senior officers within the Indianapolis Field Office of the FBI failed to reply with the “utmost seriousness and urgency that they deserved.”
USA Gymnastics reported Nassar to the FBI in July 2015, however he continued to see sufferers at MSU till a newspaper uncovered him in September 2016.
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