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06 Jun 2018 04:18

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/05/gymnastics-sexual-abuse-nassar-penny-597464
The former head of USA Gymnastics in a tense session with lawmakers on Tuesday refused to answer questions about the abuse of Olympic athletes and the Larry Nassar scandal, saying he was acting on the advice of lawyers.

Steve Penny was president of USA Gymnastics while Nassar, the disgraced Michigan State University doctor who treated Olympic gymnasts, sexually abused athletes. Penny was subpoenaed to appear before the Senate commerce committee, which has launched an investigation.

Penny in not answering questions invoked his Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate himself. He listened while another witness, Rhonda Faehn, the former USA Gymnastics women’s program director, testified that she told Penny about multiple complaints against Nassar. She said that Penny told her to keep quiet "for fear of possibly impeding any investigation of Nassar."

Faehn, however, said she was not aware of any delay in contacting authorities or attempts to misinform the public. Penny left the hearing room shortly after Faehn testified.

Nassar was sentenced in three separate courts in the sexual assault cases from December 2017 to February 2018 and will need to serve at least 100 years in prison. Michigan State University has announced a $500 million settlement with Nassar’s victims.

Also subpoenaed to testify was former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, though Simon did respond to questions from senators.

Senators unsuccessfully probed Penny on what he knew about, when he knew it, and how he acted on that information. Among those questions: Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) asked whether it was correct that Penny waited 41 days to contact law enforcement about allegations against Nassar.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), meanwhile, told Penny that the committee has documentation that Penny had "questions" about Nassar as early as 2013. Blumenthal said another document from 2014 refers to a "code of silence and indicates that you knew about it."

"In the absence of your testimony, documents will speak for you," Blumenthal told Penny.

Penny said he "would like to" answer the questions, but that his attorney advised him against it.

Faehn submitted to the committee emails she and Penny had exchanged in connection with Nassar, including one from 2015 in which Penny instructed her and others "to not have any conversations with anyone concerning this issue until further notice."

In another email, Penny said he would prefer internal interviews with athletes did not include their coaches or parents. Penny noted in the email that those athletes were adults. But Faehn hand wrote on a copy of the email that she submitted that it "bothered me greatly" and that "myself being a parent, there is no way I would want someone to not notify me if something may have happened to my child."
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17 Oct 2018 05:47

https://www.thecut.com/2018/10/mary-bono-usa-gymnastics-simone-biles-aly-raisman.html
Less than 72 hours after Simone Biles called out Mary Bono for a deleted a tweet criticizing Nike for making Colin Kaepernick the face of their company, Bono resigned from her role as interim president of USA Gymnastics. She held the position for just five days.

Her resignation comes after a tweet from Aly Raisman on Monday, identifying the law firm that Bono worked for in 2015 as one of the parties responsible for covering up Larry Nassar’s sex-abuse scandal.

“We now know USOC & lawyers at Faegre Baker Daniels (Mary Bono’s firm) were also told then,” Raisman tweeted. “Yet Nassar continued to abuse children for 13 months!? Why hire someone associated with the firm that helped cover up our abuse?”

On Tuesday afternoon, the New York Times reported Bono would be stepping down from her role. see https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/16/sports/mary-bono-usa-gymnastics.html
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06 Nov 2018 06:37

New national organization for gymnasts in the US needed -
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/nov/05/usoc-decertifying-usa-gymnastics-ngb
The US Olympic Committee has taken the first steps toward decertifying USA Gymnastics’ recognition as the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States.

The decision to mete out the so-called “nuclear option” comes after years of criticism regarding the organization’s handling of sexual assault complaints, including those which culminated in the sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar.

“This is a situation in which there are no perfect solutions,” USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland said in a statement. “Seeking to revoke recognition is not a conclusion that we have come to easily. In the short-term, we have to work to ensure that USAG gymnasts have the support necessary to excel on and off the field of play. We are building plans to do just that.

Hirshland said Monday’s complaint is the first step of a process for revocation will include the identifying of a review panel, a hearing, the issue of a report, a recommendation from the panel and a vote by the USOC board on whether or not to decertify. She added the USOC has given USA Gymnastics the option of surrender its recognition voluntarily.

In an open letter to the gymnastics community, Hirshland said the challenges facing USA Gymnastics “are simply more than it is capable of overcoming in its current form”.
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https://www.thecut.com/2018/11/how-did-larry-nassar-deceive-so-many-for-so-long.html
It has by the fall of 2018 become commonplace to describe the 499 known victims of Larry Nassar as “breaking their silence,” though in fact they were never, as a group, particularly silent. Over the course of at least 20 years of consistent abuse, women and girls reported to every proximate authority. They told their parents. They told gymnastics coaches, running coaches, softball coaches. They told Michigan State University police and Meridian Township police. They told physicians and psychologists. They told university administrators. They told, repeatedly, USA Gymnastics. They told one another. Athletes were interviewed, reports were written up, charges recommended. The story of Larry Nassar is not a story of silence. The story of Larry Nassar is that of an edifice of trust so resilient, so impermeable to common sense, that it endured for decades against the allegations of so many women.
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It was, rather, a set of external hard drives — tossed to the curb in the trash in the days after Denhollander went public, on a day when the garbage crew was behind schedule, and recovered by a police officer.* Had the crew been on time, had the officer been late, had the warrant come through a day after Nassar decided to dump his digital history on the street, he might still have the support of most of the people he abused.

Healthy people tend not to distinguish between varieties of child pornography or think much about the habits of its consumption, but Nassar’s accumulation of more than 37,000 images suggests an unusual level of deviance even among pedophiles. According to a sentencing memorandum issued by federal prosecutors for the Western District of Michigan, these images form a particularly “graphic” and “hard-core” collection, including children as young as infants and images of children being raped by adults.
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