October 18, 2021

Simone Biles: ‘I blame system that enabled Larry Nassar abuse’

Gymnast Maggie Nichols – the first victim to report her abuse to USA Gymnastics –  also testified.

Simone Biles: ‘I blame system that enabled Larry Nassar abuse’

Simone Biles: ‘I blame system that enabled Larry Nassar abuse’ photo credit: BBC

Elite US gymnast, Simone Biles has testified before the Senate about the abuse she suffered at the hands of the disgraced former team doctor, Larry Nassar.

Former teammates, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney also appeared before the committee, along with FBI Director, Christopher Wray.

The committee is examining the shortcomings in the FBI’s investigation into Larry Nassar, who was later convicted of sexually abusing girls. He is serving a life sentence in jail.

“I blame Larry Nasser, and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated [sic] his abuse,” said Ms Biles, the most decorated Olympic gymnast of all-time. “If you allow a predator to harm children, the consequences will be swift and severe,” she added.

Gymnast Maggie Nichols – the first victim to report her abuse to USA Gymnastics –  also testified.

In emotional testimony on Wednesday, the four women told the Senate Judiciary Committee that they had “suffered and continue to suffer” from the abuse they experienced and its bungled handling.

In total, Nassar was accused of sexual abuse by more than 330 women and girls at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. He was allowed to continue the abuse due to the two investigation FBI officials making mistakes and covering it up.

Sources: BBC

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