Published: Thu, February 08, 2018

Senators investigate USA Gymnastics and US Olympic Committee over Nassar abuse case

Senators investigate USA Gymnastics and US Olympic Committee over Nassar abuse case

More than 150 women and girls had said in court that the ex-gymnastic doctor sexually abused them over the past two decades.

The young athletes who confronted Larry Nassar about molesting them at an elite MI gymnastics club saved some of their harshest words for a person who was not in the courtroom: an Olympic coach who for years sent teenage girls to see the now-disgraced doctor.

Ernst is partnering with Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., as the lead sponsors of the resolution to form the new committee. Debbie Stabenow of MI, one of the resolution's co-sponsors, said in reference to the event.

"This is not a simple case of negligence or failed oversight", she noted.

Tim Scott (R-SC), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) are all co-sponsors of the resolution which is endorsed by the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

"While it began with the conviction of Larry Nassar, that is not where this ends", Ernst said.

"My mother once told me 'If a boyfriend ever treats you the way John does, leave him, '" survivor Annie Labrie said during her victim impact statement. Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Republican Sen. A lot of these reactions have been very delayed they should've been doing things as soon as they found out. At least half of the committee members would be required to be women. Ernst and Shaheen have called for the committee's CEO, Scott Blackmun, to resign.

A news conference is scheduled Wednesday morning at which senators Shaheen and Ernst will discuss the scope of the intended investigation and provide an update on the growing bipartisan support for this effort.

Victims and their advocates have criticized the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and USAG for not acting on the complaints against Nassar, including a 2015 investigation.

This comes in the form of a resolution to establish a special committee in the Senate to investigate the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics.

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