At one of the hearings, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, about the agency’s mishandling of the case. In a testimony that hurts the heart In September, Biles, Maroney, Raisman and former national team member Maggie Nichols described how the FBI turned a blind eye to Nassar’s abuse while the investigation stalled and the children suffered.
One legacy of the case is how victims are able to speak out about their sexual abuse and confront the accused. At Nassar’s sentencing hearings in early 2018, more than 100 girls and women he abused, including some of his MSU patients, stood before him and testified about how he abused them. Their statements were often defiant, telling how they persevered despite the abuse.
Because of Nassar’s case, sports organizations became aware of her crime when athletes were abused while they were being watched. Steve Penny, former USA Gymnastics president and CEO, has been expelled from the union and Facing a felony charge of tampering with evidence in the case. Scott Blackmon resigned under pressure as CEO of USOPC
“The settlement shows that there is absolute injustice going on here,” said John C. Manley, a lawyer representing many of the victims. “But if you really want to stop the people who empower pedophiles, you have to start sending them to prison.”
Manley added that the only person in the case serving a prison sentence is Nassar, and said Nassar’s enablers, including sports, university and law enforcement officials who have heard complaints about him but never followed up on them, should also be in prison. Manley said he had conflicting feelings about the settlement: It hurts, he said, and it’s been five years since he filed the first lawsuit in the case.
“For my life, I don’t know why five years would have to pass and hundreds of millions of dollars would have to be spent on corporate lawyers to get to this point,” he said.
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