Olympic champion Simone Biles on Wednesday forced the United States to question the system that allowed Larry Nassar to use his position as a doctor for the national gymnastics team to sexually abuse her and hundreds of young athletes.
His voice cracked with emotion, Biles drew the strength to hold the Federation of Gymnastics (USA Gymnastics), the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, and the FBI accountable for having allowed Nassar to continue abusing gymnasts despite the fact that there were already complaints in her against.
“ I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame the entire system that allowed and perpetrated that abuse. USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee knew I was being abused by the team’s official doctor, ”Biles told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Olympic champion also accused the FBI of having “turned its back” on the gymnasts by having responded inadequately and slowly to the first accusations of sexual abuse against Nassar, which allowed her to continue to perpetuate her abuses for months. For Biles, “ an entire system allowed and perpetrated ”those abuses against her and hundreds of young people, who because of their age did not even know that Nassar was abusing them.
“I do not want any other young Olympian or any other individual to suffer the horror that I and that hundreds of others have endured and continue to endure to this day,” said the gymnast, who burst into tears before dozens of legislators who watched her in silence.