Several well-known American gymnasts testified at a public Senate hearing about the FBI’s handling of Larry Nassar’s abuse, Simone Biles shared her powerful words emotionally Excited.
FBI official investigating allegations of sexual abuse Larry Nassar He was accused of violating the agency’s policy during the investigation. On September 15, the Senate committee held a hearing on the FBI’s handling of the entire situation. Some of Naxal’s most famous victims, Simone Byers, Allie Lesman, McKayla Maloney with Maggie Nichols, Attended to testify.
“To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar, and I also blame the entire system for facilitating and perpetrating his abuse,” Simone Byers told Larry Nassar during the Senate hearing. The handling of the investigation published her opening statement. pic.twitter.com/yPJX0ejnLg
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When Simone gave a strong opening statement, she managed to hold back the tears and her voice choked. “I don’t want another young gymnast, Olympic athlete or anyone to experience the horror that I and hundreds of others have experienced before, during, and to this day. Larry Nassar abuse“,” she said. “To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar, and I also blame the entire system for making his abuse possible and perpetuating it. “
Simeone reiterated her previous accusations against the United States Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, accusing these two organizations of “a long time ago they knew about abuse.” [she] Have been informed of their knowledge. She made it clear that although she blamed Naxal for what happened, she did not feel the protection of the systems and organizations designed to make her feel safe.
She admitted that until now the famous article was published on the American Gymnastics Association, she “understood” the severity of what happened to the official team doctor of the United States Gymnastics. Indianapolis Star In the fall of 2016, she also claimed that the FBI had never contacted her regarding abuse allegations, even though officials from the American Gymnastics Association knew this was happening.
McKayla’s testimony followed Simone’s. After telling her story to the FBI in 2015, she bluntly called on the FBI not to report her abuse. “When they finally recorded it through the report 17 months later, they made a completely wrong statement about what I said,” McKayla claimed. She added: “I am shocked and disappointed by the narrative they chose to fabricate.”
As a message to any other survivors of abuse, Ali added: “I will say I support them and I believe in them.” She admitted that even now, she is still “navigating how to recover from” abuse, adding, “Some days I feel better, sometimes I feel like I’ve taken a big step backwards. But it doesn’t matter.”
Simone and her gymnasts Long talk About their experience in the hands of Larry Nassar when they were young.However, until after Indianapolis Star The article came out Rachael Denhollander Other women began to stand up for abusive accusations. In November 2017, Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual misconduct with minors under the age of 16. He was sentenced to 40-175 years in prison in January 2018.