Simone Biles, MacKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols speak out against the FBI’s inaction before the Senate Judiciary Committee
The Olympic champion, a hero to young women and girls across the country for her athletic achievements, on Wednesday served as champion for survivors of sexual abuse as she called for accountability for those who enabled Larry Nassar, who abused him and dozens of others over the years.
Simone Biles, MacKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, along with fellow gymnast Maggie Nichols, recounted their experiences before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the wake of the Justice Department inspector general’s report that revealed how the FBI failed to act on their complaints. As a result, he said, Nassar — who once worked as a doctor for USA Gymnastics — was able to continue his pattern of abuse against young women and girls.
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“I don’t want another young gymnast, Olympic athlete, or anyone else to experience the horrors that I and hundreds of others have endured before, during, and today in the wake of Larry Nassar’s abuse,” Biles said. , shedding tears while delivering his inaugural statement.
“How much does a little girl cost?” Biles asked, referring to the title of a book written by fellow survivor Rachel Denhollander. He asked government officials to keep that question in mind while taking action.
“Nobody in the FBI, USAG or USOPC did anything necessary to protect us,” Biles said, referring to USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. “We have failed and we deserve answers.”
“Reviewing the OIG report,” Biles continued, “it really feels like the FBI turned a blind eye to us and went out of its way to protect the USAG and the USOPC. A message needs to be sent: If you allow a predator to harm children, the consequences will be swift and dire. Enough.”
Maroney recalled her experience with the FBI, talking to them on the phone for three hours because she was so ill that she could not meet them in person. He told the committee how he answered all their questions and discussed in detail every instance of abuse he had experienced.
Maroney said, “After telling the full story of my abuse to the FBI in the summer of 2015, not only did the FBI not report my abuse, but when they documented my report 17 months later, they did what I said. made completely false claims about it.” stating that she was “shocked and deeply disappointed” by what she had read in the Inspector General’s report.
“USA Gymnastics was working closely with the FBI and the Olympic Committee to hide the fact that Larry Nassar was a hunter,” Maroney said.
“I’m tired of waiting for people to do the right thing.”