Simone Biles, MacKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols speak out against the FBI’s inaction before the Senate Judiciary Committee
Angelina Jolie showed her support for American gymnasts who testified before the Senate about the FBI’s mishandling of sexual abuse charges leveled against her former team doctor Larry Nassar.
Elite athletes talked about the abuse they faced and how gymnastics officials “turned a blind eye” to Nassar’s alleged crimes. In response, FBI Director Christopher Wray said he was “deeply and deeply sorry” for the delay and pain caused by Nassar’s prosecution.
Jolie wrote a soulful tribute instagram He was “honoured” to meet brave women fighting for accountability and change, he said on Thursday.
“I am honored to meet some of the bravest American gymnasts who appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday,” the actress wrote. “I am in awe of their courage and commitment to prevent future failures to investigate abuse. As Aly Raisman said in her testimony, more than 100 victims could have been saved from abuse. We have to do the right thing. Required an adult.
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“Sending support and respect to them, and to all those who are dealing with this trauma so that the system can improve. I was on Capitol Hill this week engaging with senators on the repeal of the Violence Against Women Act and FBI reforms including improved protection for abused children, non-biased forensic evidence collection, trauma care and judicial training.”
In a photo posted by Jolie, she poses with gymnasts Kylie Lorinz, Maggie Nichols, MacKayla Maroney, Jessica Howard and Aly Raisman, who testified how she was abused by Nassar while on the team Was.
The hearing is part of Congress’s effort to hold the FBI accountable after several missteps in the investigation, including delays that have allowed the now imprisoned Nassar to abuse other young gymnasts. All four witnesses said they knew the girls or women whom Nassar molested in 2015 after the FBI made them aware of the charges against them.
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An internal Justice Department investigation released in July said the FBI made fundamental errors in the investigation and did not take the case “with the utmost seriousness” when USA Gymnastics first reported the allegations to the FBI’s field office in Indianapolis in 2015. was informed. The FBI has admitted that his own conduct was unforgivable.
Ray blasted his own agents who failed to properly respond to complaints and promised victims that he was “committed to making sure everyone in the FBI remembers what happened here” and that Never happens again.
Ray said a supervisory FBI agent who failed to properly investigate the Nassar case, and later lied about it, has been fired by the agency.
Nassar pleaded guilty to federal child pornography offenses and sexual abuse charges in Michigan in 2017. Hundreds of girls and women said that when they worked for Michigan State and Indiana-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians, hundreds of girls and women said they sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment.
The abuse lawsuit may end soon after USA Gymnastics and hundreds of Nassar victims filed a joint $425 million settlement motion in US Bankruptcy Court in Indianapolis last month.