The hearing was covered by CNN and examines the FBI’s failed handling of Nassar’s case and its disregard for victims.
For 18-years Nassar worked as a team doctor for USA Gymnastics; in this time he groomed and abused over a hundred underage girls through the guise of necessary medical treatment. The 58-year-old is now serving a life sentence of up to 175 years in prison for a multitude of child sexual abuse offences.
Testifying before the Senate committee, Biles, Maroney and Raisman accused the FBI of turning “a blind eye” to their abuse.
“To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse.” Said Biles. “USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic committee knew that I was abused by their official team doctor long before I was ever made aware of their knowledge.”
“They allowed a child molester to go free for more than a year and this inaction directly allowed Nassar’s abuse to continue.” Stated Maroney. “What is the point of reporting abuse if our own FBI agents are going to take it upon themselves to bury that report in a drawer?”
“After telling my entire story of abuse to the FBI in the summer of 2015, not only did the FBI not report my abuse, but when they eventually documented the report 17 months later, they made entirely false claims about what I said.” Claimed Maroney.
NBC recently confirmed that the FBI had fired an agent – Michael Langeman – involved with the case. He and his boss, Jay Abbott, failed to open an official investigation into Nassar’s abuse, despite interviewing Maroney.
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