Now, as the testimony of the young women made clear, we must demand answers to many more questions about the FBI and the sports system that has failed to protect them, including USA Gymnastics, the governing body. sports official and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee. .
“To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar,” Biles said tearfully, “and I also blame an entire system that allowed and perpetrated his abuse.”
Maroney, an Olympian in 2012, offered graphic examples of Nassar’s repeated abuse, including a heart-wrenching ordeal with Nassar “assaulting me for hours” while in Tokyo for a competition.
But compounding her mental and physical abuse, she said, was the apparent indifference she heard on the other end of the phone in 2015, when she was 19 and reported her ordeal. to the FBI – before he even told his mother what Nassar had done. She said the officer’s response was, “Is that all? “
Worse, she said, the FBI did not document her accusations for 17 months in a report that also made false statements about what she said.
But a new day of judgment may be upon us, in part thanks to the women who have courageously stepped forward to speak out against Nassar’s abuse. Maroney’s allegations appear to be supported by a July report from the Justice Department’s Inspector General that details the failures of the FBI field office in Indianapolis in its response to the allegations against Nassar.