“We have been failed, and we deserve answers.” These are the words of Simone Biles, one of the greatest athletes of all time, in her recent testimony to Congress about the utter failure of systems at every level to protect athletes from USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who sexually abused over 200 gymnasts. As Ms. Biles pointed out, the victims, mostly children and teens at the time of the abuse, could not even rely on the FBI to take serious, swift action after abuse was reported. Sadly, in many cases their own parents didn’t believe them.
A common thread for survivors of sexual violence: not being believed
October 5, 2021