Prompted by a huge scandal that shook US gymnastics, several senators on Tuesday pushed for a bill that would criminalize the failure of amateur athletics governing bodies to report suspected sex abuse.
Disgraced USA gymnastics doctor who ‘sexually abused dozens of child athletes’ was captured in iconic Kerri Strug photos as more victims share their horrifying stories
- The USA Gymnastics doctor who has been accused of sexually assaulting dozens of young girls was part of the 1996 Olympic team
- Larry Nassar can be seen in the now iconic photographs of Kerri Strug being treated after she injured her ankle in the vault
- Strug would go on to land her second attempt on the apparatus and help the US women win their first ever gold medal in the team all-around competition
- On Tuesday, three former gymnasts testified in front of Congress against Nassar
- Jamie Dantzscher, a bronze medalist at the 2000 Games in Sydeny, said she was abused ‘around the world’ by Nassar for six years and at the Olympics
- Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu said on Wednesday that the abuse was never reported due to the ‘culture of fear’ created by Bela and Marta Karolyi
Jamie Dantzscher, a 2000 Olympic bronze medalist, and three-time national champion rhythmic gymnast Jessica Howard recounted their experiences before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
They told the committee of their abuses by Dr. Larry Nassar, who is in jail without bond in Michigan and also faces federal child pornography charges.
“USA Gymnastics failed its most basic responsibility to protect the athletes under its care,” Dantzscher said through tears.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California is co-sponsoring a bill that requires organizations overseeing Olympic sports to immediately report sex-abuse allegations to law enforcement or child-welfare authorities. She has been critical of USA Gymnastics’ handling of the sex-abuse scandal, said she met two months ago with former gymnasts who were abused as teenagers and carried the trauma with them as adults.
“The culture was money and medals. The culture wasn’t about the girl.”
The woman were joined on Tuesday by Dominique Moceanu, a 1996 gold medalist and teammate of Strug, who described a ‘culture of fear, intimidation and humiliation, established by Bela and Marta Karolyi.’
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