House Oversight Committee opens USA Gymnastics sexual abuse investigation
WASHINGTON – The House Oversight Committee announced Thursday the opening of an investigation into instances of sexual abuse in the U.S. gymnastics system.
USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University, Twistars USA Gymnastics Club and Karolyi Ranch were all sent letters by the committee regarding the investigation.
This all comes in the wake of hundreds of allegations by athletes of sexual assault at the hands of former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
Nassar was recently sentenced in two separate courts for multiple felony counts of criminal sexual conduct.
Hundreds of former athletes, many of them minors at the time of their abuse, testified at the sentencings.
“One of the most disturbing aspects of the survivors’ accounts is how this reprehensible conduct went undetected or ignored for years. Coaches, instructors, law enforcement, and other trusted adults all failed these young athletes. USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, is at the center of many of these failures,” the committee wrote in their letters.
The committee went on to say that swift and immediate action would be taken to discover why Nassar’s crimes were allowed to happen and persist over decades.