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Simone Biles Will Testify After FBI Mistakes Led To More Gymnasts Being Abused

by : Julia Banim on : 14 Sep 2021 12:03
Simone Biles Will Testify After FBIs Mistakes Led To More Gymnasts Being AbusedPA Images

Olympian Simone Biles is set to testify before a Senate panel after it emerged the FBI’s ‘gross mishandling’ of complaints ultimately led to more gymnasts being abused.

In 2018, disgraced USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who had already been serving 60 years behind bars for child pornography, was handed a prison sentence of up to 175 years for child sex abuse after more than 150 survivors went to court for the trial.

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Biles, 24, was among the survivors who bravely spoke out against Nassar, declaring in a public statement that she refused to let ‘one man, and the others than enabled him, to steal my love and joy’.

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On the morning of Wednesday, September 15, Biles will once again speak out, joining fellow Olympians McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, as well as former collegiate artistic gymnast Maggie Nichols, in giving testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s ‘dereliction of duty’ hearing.

This comes after a report published last month by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice found that the bureau had made ‘fundamental errors’ in the course of their investigation.

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Such errors included failing to inform local and state authorities of complaints made against Nassar, as well as a failure to act ‘with the urgency that the allegations required’.

Announcing the creation of an oversight hearing into the FBI’s errors, US Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) said:

The FBI’s failure in this case led to more athletes being victimized. This Committee has the responsibility of oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation—and will hold a hearing to examine this injustice and to prevent future, similar tragedies.

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Speaking with HuffPost after the publication of the inspector general’s report, an FBI spokesperson described the conduct of employees working on the Nassar case as ‘inexcusable and a discredit to this organization’.

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

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  1. Committee On The Judiciary

    Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Oversight Hearing on FBI's Dereliction of Duty in Larry Nassar Case

  2. HuffPost

    DOJ: FBI Made ‘Fundamental Errors’ While Investigating Larry Nassar Sex Abuse Case