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Larry Nassar, The Predator Who Abused More Than 250 Gymnasts

The history of the United States Gymnastics Federation was marked forever in 2015, when the scandal of physician Larry Nassar’s massive sexual abuse of more than 250 gymnasts over the years came to light, despite attempts by the institution to cover it up.

Now, with Nassar convicted, American gymnast Simone Biles will testify on Wednesday before a committee of the US Senate that is evaluating the errors of the FBI in its investigation of the abuses.

The judicial committee of the US Senate announced on Monday that Biles and three other world champions will participate in a hearing on Wednesday, although they will do so by videoconference due to the restrictions of the pandemic.

Billes’s testimony comes after an internal Justice Department report in mid-July revealed that the FBI failed to respond with the necessary urgency and seriousness to the allegations against Nassar, who used his position as a doctor to abuse female athletes. and hide it.

Gymnast Simone Biles during a routine.
Biles, 24, the winner of 19 world titles, has been highly critical of the way the federation (USA Gimnastics) and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee handled allegations of abuse against Nassar and is one of some 140 athletes who They have filed a complaint against both organizations.

More gymnasts to testify: more Nassar victims
In addition to Biles, three other gymnasts who denounced Nassar’s abuses will also testify before the Senate judicial committee.

One of them, McKayla Maroney , who won a gold and a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, signed a confidential agreement with the American gymnastics federation at the end of 2016 to receive compensation of $ 1.25 million. .

Another is Maggie Nichols, who was the first to point out the abuse to the US gymnastics federation in 2015. The latest is Aly Raisman, captain of the US Olympic team in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and who has narrated his experience in a book published in 2017.

More than 250 women are believed to have been abused by Nassar , who received an effective life sentence by a Michigan court in 2018, for sexually abusing dozens of young gymnasts. He is also serving a 60-year prison term for a federal child pornography conviction .

Who is the predator Nassar
Larry Nassar was the doctor for the US gymnastics team from 1996 to 2014. In addition, he was an osteopath at Michigan State University. He is currently in federal prison in Oklahoma after being sentenced in 2017 to up to 175 years in total for various convictions of sexual abuse and 60 years for possession of child pornography.

Nassar, 58 , was transferred to the aforementioned Oklahoma jail after being attacked by a group of inmates at the previous prison. The doctor, a native of Michigan, justified several of his abuses as legal techniques of medicine , even when they consisted of inserting his fingers into the vagina of young gymnasts.

“When I filed the first legal complaint against Larry Nassar for sexually abusing me when I was 15 years old and I chose to go public with the story that detailed what he had done, he seemed to be blinding himself, ” wrote Rachael Denhollander , the first gymnast to focus on the doctor, blowing up the story.

Maggie Nichols, the gymnast who denounced Larry Nassar in 2015
‘Athlete A’, the disturbing Netflix documentary about sexual abuse in gymnastics in the United States
Denhollander was only 15 years old when he was part of the national gymnastics team and suffered the abuse of Nassar, His story is told in the Netflix documentary ‘Athlete A’ , a disturbing review of how the abuse by the former doctor happened and how in initially, the American Gymnastics Federation did everything possible so that the story did not transcend.

The title of the documentary refers to the code name that the federation used with the first that pointed out the scandal to protect its identity and try to keep the story from leaving the walls of USA Gymnastics.

The Federation, in focus
For its attempts to cover up the scandal at first , the gymnastics federation has also been the subject of criticism and rejection by many of its members. Simone Biles herself has been blunt as to what she thinks of the institution, something that worsened when the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were postponed:

Simone Biles breaks down in tears in front of the media.
Simone Biles explodes against the US Gymnastics Federation for the Larry Nassar case: “You just had to protect us”
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“I cried and thought that I could not bear to be another year with USA Gymnastics,” said the multi-champion, who just started the Tokyo Olympics withdrew from the first final, putting on the table the mental health problems that threaten athletes of Elite.

Earlier, in 2019, Biles showed his deep dissatisfaction with the institution by having left gymnasts unprotected in the face of Nassar’s systematic abuse. The Olympic and world champion broke before the media and crying denounced this circumstance:

“We have done everything they asked us, even when we didn’t want to and they couldn’t do a damn job. You had a job. You literally had a job and you couldn’t protect us,” he said.

After the scandal came to light and with Nassar already convicted , the Federation offered the families and gymnasts affected a compensation of 200 million dollars.

The very serious matter was even put on the table of President Trump, after the House of Representatives approved a bill on abuses in sports to try to prevent a scandal of these proportions from happening again that has left so many consequences.

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