Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles accused the FBI, USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee on Wednesday in a Senate panel for allowing former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar to abuse dozens of women and children .
“The USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee were aware that their official team doctor had abused me until I was made aware of their knowledge,” Biles told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“We are suffering and suffering because no one in the FBI, USAG, or USOPC did what was necessary to protect us,” Bile said. “We have failed.”
Fellow elite gymnastics athletes Aly Raisman, MacKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols are also testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the FBI’s failures to investigate the 2015 sexual abuse allegations against Nassar.
All four gymnasts said they were victims of Nassar’s abuse and Nichols was the first athlete to report sexual abuse about Nassar to top USA Gymnastics officials.
During his testimony, Maroney criticized the FBI for falsifying its claims of abuse against Nassar.
“After telling the full story of my abuse to the FBI in the summer of 2015, not only did the FBI not report my abuse, but when they documented my report 17 months later, they made a full statement about what I said. Kindly made false claims.” Maroni.
“What’s the point of reporting abuse, if our own FBI agents are going to take it upon themselves to bury that report in a drawer?” Maroni asked.
Raisman offered blunt words on the agencies’ failures while speaking.
“It was like serving innocent children on a silver platter to a pedophile,” Raisman said.
Nichols, like her fellow gymnasts, insisted that lawmakers should hold everyone involved in the failures accountable and cover up Nassar’s abuse.
“For the hundreds of survivors of Larry Nassar, this trial is one of our last chances to get justice,” Nichols said. “We ask that you are in your power to ensure that wrongdoers are held accountable under the law.”
inspector general of justice released a prick 119 page report in July It was found that Indianapolis FBI officials made false statements, failed to respond for months, led to the sexual abuse of more than 100 other gymnasts and demonstrated “extremely poor judgment” in handling the allegations against Nassar.
The report also said that the FBI’s Indianapolis field office “failed to respond with the utmost seriousness and urgency that the allegations were deserved and necessary.”
Following the report, an unnamed supervisory special agent involved in the case was reassigned until the completion of an internal FBI investigation. The agent, identified as Michael Langman, has since been sacked, The Washington Post reported late Tuesday.
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After initial allegations of abuse by former USA Gymnastics president Stephen D. Penney Jr. surfaced in July 2015, reports found the FBI field office in Indianapolis. “Limited follow-up.”
The DOJ says the field office also failed to alert the appropriate authorities.
As the investigation slowed, Nassar continued to work with the gymnasts for more than a year. The report said that “according to civil court documents, 70 or more young athletes were allegedly sexually abused during that time under the guise of medical treatment”. A lawyer for Nassar’s victims alleged that he abused at least 120 more women and children.
Nassar’s sexual abuse was publicly exposed in September 2016. an indiestar probe. He pleaded guilty to federal and state charges and was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.
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In August, USA Gymnastics reached a proposed $425 million settlement with more than 500 women who said they had been sexually abused by Nassar, their coach or. any other person associated with the game.
The Senate hearing, titled “Disgrace of Duty: Investigating the Inspector General’s Report on the Conduct of the FBI’s Larry Nassar Investigation”, included testimony from Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Chris Ray.
Contribution: Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star; Kevin Johnson, USA Today