Simone Biles breaks down while testifying sexual abuse against team doctor Larry Nassar
Simone Biles was conspicuous during the Tokyo Olympics, as she missed a few events due to mental health. Meanwhile, she has testified against team doctor Larry Nassar for sexual abuse.
American gymnast Simone Biles has been in the headlines of late owing to the mental health issues that saw her missing out on some event during the Tokyo Olympics. Meanwhile, she was also uncomfortable on Wednesday when she testified to the Congress against her team doctor Larry Nassar for sexual abuse.
According to AP, Biles was in tears throughout the testimony session as she revealed that the USA Gymnastics officials and the FBI had turned a “blind eye” to Nassar’s abuse of her and other women. She also told the Senate Judiciary Committee “enough is enough”, while the other gymnasts too testified against him, besides claiming how their lives had been affected because of the same.
Biles stated that a message should be delivered to all that when a predator harms children, the consequences are “swift and severe”. Besides blaming Nassar, she also blamed the entire system, leading to the abuse.
She also revealed that USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee were aware of the incident long before she was made aware of them. She pronounced that sitting in front of the Senate was highly uncomfortable for her, besides declaring herself a sexual abuse survivor.
The hearing was a congressional effort, looking to hold the FBI accountable for wrongly investigating the case, causing delays and giving Nassar more time to abuse other gymnasts, who has now been imprisoned. The report adds that around 40 women had been molested after the FBI was made aware.
Maroney and Aly Raisman also joined Biles in the testimony. In 2018, she had initially reported the case, while she was the only witness to take part in Tokyo. Although she won the bronze in beam, she admitted that the ongoing trauma was one of the reasons for her pulling out of other events.
Nassar was charged with child pornography and sexual abuse in 2016, as he is now serving a prison sentence involving decades. While Democratic and Republican senators were disgusted with the case, Richard Durbin, D-Ill (Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman), acknowledged that it was one of the heart-breaking and compelling testimonies he had witnessed.
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