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Top Gymnasts Give Senate Committee Details About How FBI Protected Child Molester

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Four of the nation’s top gymnasts testified at a Senate hearing on Wednesday about the sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of USA Gymnastic team doctor Larry Nassar and how the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the national organizations tasked with overseeing the team conspired to protect themselves and the doctor.

Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols, and Aly Raisman, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 15 that federal law enforcement stood by and did nothing after they reported their abuse, The Washington Post reported.

Biles, the most decorated athlete in U.S. women’s gymnastics, testified that she was “a survivor of sexual assault” and pointed the blame directly at Congress for its failure to properly oversee the entities it had created to run her sport, CBS News reported.

“I believe without a doubt that the circumstances that led to my abuse and allowed it to continue are directly the result of the fact that the organizations created by Congress to oversee and protect me as an athlete, USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committees failed to do their jobs,” she said.

Biles said young gymnasts had “been failed, and we deserve answers,” CBS News reported.

“To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse,” she said.

Biles, who was the only victim of Nassar’s to compete in the Tokyo Olympics last summer, testified that she continued to suffer, CBS News reported.

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