USA Gymnastics CEO apologizes to sexual abuse victims

Lloyd Doyle
May 25, 2018

Other witnesses at the hearing included the president of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the body in charge of investigating and resolving allegations of sexual abuse; the executive director of USA Taekwondo; the president and CEO of USA Swimming; and the CEO of USA Volleyball.

There is no word at this time how many or which athletes are involved in those talks.

Himsel, Esq., an Indianapolis attorney who represented USA Gymnastics, told Nassar in an email that his medical techniques were under investigation and that it is "in everyone's best interest" if Nassar sat out a gymnastics event that was due to take place that weekend in 2015.

Last week, Perry abruptly fired the head of the USA Gymnastics women's program, Rhonda Faehn, while she was running a national training camp.

She will speak as a witness at the hearing, called "Examining the Olympic Community's Ability to Protect Athletes from Sexual Abuse".

At a hearing of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee Wednesday, the committee's chair, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), said he thought the USOC was "more concerned about medals and money than athlete safety".

"At the end of the day, my objective here is to make sure we're doing everything that we can do to eliminate these bad actors and make sure that it's understood that even one case is unacceptable. A true zero tolerance should be everybody's position in this", Harper said. "Allowing a potential sexual predator to continue to coach without having an appropriate investigation and conclusion is unacceptable".

Countered Walberg, who knew the answer was incorrect: "I encourage you to check those facts out".

Perry's opening statement was released by the subcommittee on Tuesday.

Kerry read a statement in which she apologized to the victims of Nassar, who was sentenced to decades in prison and will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Nassar victim and Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, who notably gave a powerful victim impact statement directed to Nassar during his trial, was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for her efforts to address child sexual abuse in the USA. That's on top of a 60-year sentence for federal child pornography charges and a 40- to 175-year sentence for multiple sex crimes in another MI county. He has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in one MI county and 40 to 125 years in another on sexual assault charges.

Earlier this month, Michigan State University announced it had reached a $500 million settlement with 332 former victims.

Poor record-keeping had slowed USA Gymnastics' own probe into accusations against Nassar and others, she said, without further explanation.

Notably, testimony from Kerry Perry outlines the ongoing governance reforms in USA Gymnastics and changing the body's culture. She said the organization continues to implement the recommendations from an independent review completed a year ago. USA Gymnastics is on a new path, with new leadership and a commitment to insure that this never happens again. USA Gymnastics explained Nassar's second absence from competition by telling the parents and gymnasts that he was taking time to focus on his private practice.

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