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Simone Biles blames 'system' that enabled Larry Nassar abuse Updated: 2021-09-16 06:17:47 KST

Gymnasts who suffered abuse at the hands of disgraced former team doctor Larry Nassar testified before the Senate on Wednesday.
Among those to speak was Simone Biles who blamed 'the system' that enabled the abuse to happen.

"I don't want another young gymnast, Olympic athlete or any individual to experience the horror that I and hundreds of others have endured before, during and continuing to this day. In the wake of the Larry Nassar abuse. To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse."

In the highly emotional testimony, the four women told the Senate Judiciary Committee, that they had "suffered and continue to suffer" from the abuse they experienced, as well as from the mishandling of the case.
McKayla Maroney, who won gold at the 2012 London Games, described the experience of being interviewed by the FBI as replete with "silence and disregard" for her trauma, adding that the FBI chose to fabricate and lie about what she said, to protect a serial child molester.
The four were among more than 150 women who gave statements against Larry Nassar's abuse in a 2018 case, where the former team doctor was accused of sexual abuse against more than 330 women and girls.
Nassar was sentenced up to 175 years after pleading guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct.
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