- Simon Biles and other gymnasts testified before a US Senate committee on Wednesday
- Biles admitted that she was molested for years by former American doctor Larry Nassar. She stressed that the unions responsible for sports in the United States are responsible for this situation
- “I don’t want another young gymnast, Olympic athlete, or anyone else to experience the horror that I and hundreds of others have experienced,” Biles said.
- Other female athletes who testified on Wednesday also indicated that services were inactive
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In an emotional speech, Beals said the unions that govern sports in the United States had failed to do their jobs that would stop Nassar’s actions. A former American medical practitioner sexually assaulted Bayles and approximately 150 other women.
“The organizations that Congress created to oversee and protect me as an athlete, USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, have not done their job,” Beals said in her opening speech to the Senate committee.
“I don’t want another young gymnast, Olympic athlete, or anyone else to experience the horror that I and hundreds of others have experienced,” Biles continued. The contestant also added that she blames not only Nasser, but also the entire system that allowed this situation to happen.
Maggie Nichols, Aly Raisman, and McKelley Maroney also spoke out after the testimony of Beals, who also criticized the FBI for not fully investigating the allegations. Maroney focused her anger on the local FBI, which compiled her testimony containing highly detailed descriptions of the assault.
“Not only did the FBI fail to investigate, but when the federal agents finally filed their report 17 months later, they made false statements about what I said,” said a 25-year-old former gymnast who was sexually molested at age 13.
Maroney, by forging the testimony, asserted that “FBI agents committed a crime,” and deplored the lack of sanctions from the Department of Justice, which said it “refused to prosecute these officers.”
In turn, Aly Raisman revealed that she had been sexually abused since 2010, and convicted Nassar to the Gymnastics Federation in 2015. “Despite my many pleas, the FBI contacted me only 14 months later,” she admitted.
The Senate committee is also scheduled to hear from FBI Director Christopher Wray and Department of Justice Chief Inspector Michael Horowitz.
Wednesday’s hearing followed the publication of a July report by the US Department of Justice that sharply criticized the FBI for its actions in the Nassar case, which began in 2015.
Larry Nassar, 58, is serving a life sentence after being convicted of sexually assaulting more than 250 gymnasts, most of them minors, in 2017 and 2018, in the two decades he worked for the USA Gymnastics Federation at State University. Michigan and Lansing gymnasium.
Source: Media, PAP
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