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USA gymnasts testify in regards to FBI mishandling their Larry Nassar abuse allegations

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16.09.2021

In tear-jerking Senate testimony, U.S. gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, and Maggie Nichols called out the FBI and Justice Department's handling of the investigation into allegations of abuse by former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar. According to multiple reports, the Justice Department's inspector general found FBI officials investigating the abuse allegations against Nassar violated the agency's policies by making false statements and failing to properly document complaints by the accusers. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday addressed these concerns. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after assaulting more than 150 women and girls, including the four gymnasts who testified.

The testimony follows a Department of Justice Inspector General’s report released in July that found Indianapolis FBI officers did not respond to allegations made by more than 100 athletes “with the utmost seriousness and urgency that the allegations deserved and required.” According to the report, the FBI did “limited follow-up” to abuse claims. This allowed Nassar to continue to work with young athletes despite the overwhelming evidence and multiple substantial reports against him. As a result, “70 or more young athletes were allegedly sexually abused under the guise of medical treatment," the report........

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