Michigan Rep. seeks Congressional investigation into USA Gymnastics amid Nassar fallout

Michigan Rep. seeks Congressional investigation into USA Gymnastics amid Nassar fallout

Michigan Rep. seeks Congressional investigation into USA Gymnastics amid Nassar fallout

"I've just signed your death warrant", she told former U.S. Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar.

When Nassar arrived in a MI court for his arraignment for 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in February 2017, he carried a Bible at his side.

Aquilina echoed such concerns, saying: "There has to be a massive investigation as to why there was inaction, why there was silence". It would direct amateur sports organizations that fall under the umbrella of being recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee to report abuse allegations to law enforcement.

You can read a full review of the gut-wrenching testimony given by the young women here and Aquilina's supportive words directly to victims here.

USA Gymnastics faced mounting criticism throughout Nassar's sentencing hearing for its failure to properly deal with his sexual abuse. Were they driven to have a gold medal or driven to have a child who is a star? She denied any cover-up but said, as president, she bears ultimate responsibility.

Victims included some of the sport's most famous athletes, such as Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber.

Although Simon resigned from office this week, and despite the fact that Nassar will live the rest of his days behind bars, the case of the Olympic Survivors questions everything we have discussed in recent months about the vindication of victims of sexual and power abuse.

- Lou Anna Simon: The president faced growing pressure to resign from students, lawmakers and some members of the university's governing board.

One of the first athletes to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual assault was the last victim to offer a statement at the hearing.

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He also said the USOC would launch an independent, third-party investigation into the Nassar scandal to determine "when complaints were brought forward and to who".

USA Gymnastics officials did not return a phone call seeking comment. "A Select Committee dedicating its complete attention to USOC's and USA Gymnastics' role in this tragedy is imperative to holding the appropriate parties accountable and working to ensure this doesn't happen again".

The governing body previously severed its relationship with the famed Karolyi Ranch, run by the husband-and-wife coaching duo of Bela and Martha Karolyi.

The prosecution and Aquilina emphasized the broader significance of the sentencing, coming amid a national debate over sexual misconduct prompted by accusations against powerful men from Hollywood to Washington.

Gina Nichols took time off work to fly to Lansing, Mich., to read a victim-impact statement on behalf of her daughter during Nassar's sentencing hearing.

"The monster who took advantage of you is going to wither, much like the scene in the Wizard of Oz where the water gets poured on the witch and the witch withers away", Aquilina, 59, told one victim last week, per CNN.

Among the questions Moran wants the officials to answer: What reporting protocols for child and sexual abuse allegations are now in place to ensure that all reports receive fair, timely, and thorough review by all appropriate parties, including law enforcement? "I'm speaking out for all the girls and women of the past, present, and future that have been or will be affected by sexual assault". "But because of the porn, I lost all support".

When Aquilina asked him if he was guilty, Nassar replied: "I accept my plea". She even became a lawyer.

"He messed up big", she added. "They gave me a look like, 'You're lying to me, '" she told the judge, choking back tears. "You're risky. You remain a danger".

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