Still trying to find justice. Gymnasts Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols testified earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, September 15, about USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar‘s sexual abuse and why they imagine the FBI is partially accountable.
“I don’t want another young gymnast, Olympic athlete or any individual to experience the horror that I and hundreds of others have endured, before during and continuing to this day in the wake of the Larry Nassar abuse,” Biles, 24, instructed senators in Washington, D.C. “To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar, and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse.”
Nassar, 58, was sentenced to 60 years in federal jail on baby pornography expenses in 2017, which he’s at the moment serving in Sumterville, Florida. In 2018, he was sentenced to 175 years in Michigan state jail after pleading responsible to seven expenses of legal sexual conduct.
In Wednesday’s testimony, the athletes blamed USA Gymnastics, the US Olympics and Paralympics committee, and the FBI for permitting Nassar’s abuse to proceed for years.
Raisman, 27, famous that she felt “like my abuse didn’t count, that it wasn’t a big deal” after chatting with an official.
“I remember sitting with the FBI agent and him trying to convince me that it wasn’t that bad,” the Massachusetts native recalled. “It’s taken me years of therapy to realize that my abuse was bad, that it does matter.”
Maroney, 25, recalled an evening in Japan the place she believed Nassar would kill her if she objected. “I was naked, completely alone, with him on top of me, molesting me for hours,” Maroney instructed the Senate.
She continued, “I told the FBI all of this, and they chose to falsify my report, and to not only minimize my abuse but silence me yet again. It took them 14 months to report anything, when Larry Nassar — in my opinion — should have been in jail that day.”
Michael Langeman, the FBI agent who interviewed Maroney, and he lost his position with the FBI final week, the Washington Post studies.
Nichols, 24, the primary sufferer to report Nassar, claimed that it took greater than a year for the FBI to interview her after she reported the physician. She additionally famous that USA Gymnastics instructed her to not converse out about her abuse.
She alleged that from the day she reported Nassar’s misconduct, she was handled otherwise by gymnastics officers. “After I reported my abuse to USA Gymnastics, my family and I were told by their former president, Steve Penny, to keep quiet and not say anything that could hurt the FBI investigation,” Nichols instructed the senators through CNN. “We now know there was no real FBI investigation occurring. While my complaints [were] with the FBI, Larry Nassar continued to abuse women and girls.”
The whistleblower referred to as for solutions as to why FBI brokers allegedly wouldn’t pursue the problem sooner.
“An important question remains, perhaps the most important question: Why? Why would the FBI agents lie to OIG investigators?” Nichols requested. “Why would the FBI not properly document evidence that was received? Why would the FBI agent be interested in the USAG presidency? These questions remain unanswered. The survivors of Larry Nassar have a right to know why their wellbeing was placed in jeopardy by these individuals who chose not to do their jobs.”
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