Elite Gymnasts Blame FBI, USA Gymnastics, and U.S. Olympic Committee for Allowing Larry Nassar Sexual Abuse

Elite United States gymnasts blamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), USA Gymnastics (USAG), and U.S. Olympic Committee at a Senate panel for allowing doctor Larry Nassar to sexually abuse them and dozens of women.

Gymnasts Simone Biles, Maggie Nichols, McKayla Maroney, and Aly Raisman testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 15 about the abuse they suffered from Nassar and how organizations failed to protect them.

“We suffered and continue to suffer because no one at the FBI, USAG, or the USOPC (U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee) did what was necessary to protect us,” Biles said in her opening statement.

Biles said that USAG and USOPC knew that Nassar abused her “long before I was ever made aware of their knowledge” and criticized them and the FBI for not informing her of the abuse and the ongoing investigations at the time.

Maggie Nichols, who was the first victim to report to USAG, echoed Biles’ remarks, saying that USAG, USOPC, and the FBI “betrayed me and those who were abused” by Nassar after she reported.

Nichols said that FBI failed to interview her for over a year after her complaint and that former USAG President Steve Penny told her “to keep quiet and not say anything that could hurt the FBI investigation.”

Raisman also spoke of Penny, saying that he arranged with her interview with the FBI where she “was under the control and observation of USAG and USOPC.”

Raisman said the FBI took over 14 months to contact her despite her multiple requests to be interviewed while Maroney said the FBI documented her report after 17 months but “falsified” her statements.

The gymnasts urged the Committee to hold the organizations accountable under the law and to prevent a similar incident from ever happening again.

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