Four of the gymnasts who were repeatedly molested by Larry Nassar and told the FBI about it, leading to the FBI doing jack shit about it and then covering it up, testified before the Senate today:
Biles, 24, broke down in tears when explaining that she does not want any more young people to endure the suffering that she has at the hands of a pedophile. She and hundreds of other girls and women were molested by Lawrence G. Nassar, the former national team doctor. He is now serving what amounts to life in prison for multiple sex crimes.
“To be clear. I blame Larry Nassar, but I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse,” Biles said.
McKayla Maroney also testified, describing, in moving detail, how the F.B.I. mistreated her when she told agents how Nassar molested her again and again, even just before she won her Olympic gold medal. She had told them about a time when she and Nassar were in Tokyo for a competition and he molested her. She thought she “was going to die that night because there was no way he was going to let me go.”
When she finished telling the F.B.I. about the abuse, trauma she hadn’t even told her mother about yet, she said the agents answered, “Is that all?” She was just a teenager, and she felt crushed by their lack of empathy.
“Not only did the F.B.I. not report my abuse, but when they eventually documented my report 17 months later, they made entirely false claims about what I said,” Maroney testified. “They chose to lie about what I said and protect a serial child molester rather than protect not only me but countless others.”
The FBI’s conduct here was almost unfathomably evil, and of course MSU’s was no better. And while Republican outrage at these hearings is nice the fact that Gym Jordan is likely to be the next Republican Speaker of the House tends to undercut it substantially.