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Emotional gymnast Biles testifies about sexual abuse team doctor: ‘Nobody protected us’ | Abroad

Gymnast Simone Biles (24) has testified to the US Senate about the years of sexual abuse of more than 250 gymnasts by Larry Nassar. The team doctor was sentenced to life in prison in 2017.




An investigation is now underway into possible FBI negligence in the case. “If you allow a predator to harm children, the consequences are enormous.”

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Nassar was convicted in 2017 and 2018 for sexually abusing more than 250 gymnasts, the majority of whom were minors. Simone Biles revealed in January 2018 that she was one of the victims. Last summer, a report from the US Justice Department said that the FBI agency in Indianapolis had not responded to the allegations with the necessary urgency. The report concluded that numerous errors allowed the sexual abuse to continue for months.


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I ask that you keep this question in mind as you research: “How much is a little girl worth?”

Simone Biles

Simone Biles, considered by many to be one of the greatest gymnasts ever, testified before the US Senate on the matter today. “I am a victim of sexual violence. I am convinced that the circumstances that led to my abuse, and allowed it to continue, are the direct result of organizations not doing their job. Those organizations should protect us. Nelson Mandela once said, “There can be no clearer revelation of the soul of society than the way it treats its children.” Thanks to that statement, I am here today.”

Larry Nassar was sentenced to life in prison.
Larry Nassar was sentenced to life in prison. © AP

Overcome with emotions, Biles continues with her plea. “I don’t want another young gymnast or anyone else to go through the horror that I and hundreds of others have endured. To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar and I blame the entire system for allowing this. The USA Gymnastics (USAG) and the Olympic, Paralympic and American committees were aware of their doctor’s abuse before I even said anything about it. This is the largest case of sexual abuse in American sports history.”


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Nassar is where he should be, but those who let this happen must also be held accountable

Simone Biles

“I ask that you keep this question in mind as you research: ‘How much is a little girl worth?’ I’m raising my voice here today so that no girl has to go through this again. We suffer and continue to suffer, because no one at the FBI, USAG or USOPC (United States Olympic Committee, ed.) did what was necessary to protect us. We have been let down and want answers. Nassar is where he should be, but those who let this happen must also be held accountable. If you allow a predator to harm children, the consequences will be serious.”

In addition to Biles, ex-teammates Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney appeared before the Senate, as did FBI Director Christopher Wray to defend his team’s position. Biles withdrew from some of her disciplines at the Olympics last summer due to mental health issues.

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From left to right: Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols.
From left to right: Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols. © AP

Emotional gymnast Biles testifies about sexual abuse team doctor: ‘Nobody protected us’ | Abroad
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