USOC Covered Up Sexual Abuse per Independent Investigation
An independent investigation shows that the United States Olympic Committee knew that convicted predator Larry Nassar was sexually abusing young gymnasts and did nothing to stop him. In fact, the report states that former USOC CEO Scott Blackmun deleted an email which reported Nassar’s conduct but defended the deletion by saying that he was fearful that his email would be hacked.
Our Athlete Abuse attorneys provided the independent investigators with the information necessary to hopefully protect the next generation of athletes. In the meantime, our attorneys are available to help sexually abused athletes in their healing process by holding those that enabled a coach, trainer or even another athlete to abuse sexually.
While the report stated that while Nassar acted within an ecosystem that facilitated his criminal acts, numerous institutions and individuals enabled his abuse and failed to stop him. Unfortunately, in representing hundreds of sexually abused athletes, the enabling of Nassar is not just limited to gymnastics but also across most sports overseen by the United States Olympic Committee.
On the same day that the USOC was repudiated for its coverup of sexual abuse, its so-called independent organization, SafeSport, failed to defend the ban of Taekwondo athlete Steven Lopez successfully. As a result, Lopez is again free to participate in the Olympic sport and to have access to young female athletes.
According to Attorney Robert Allard, “what has to be removed and replaced is the entire leadership structure and consequently the culture of indifference which has set in.”
The report was released by Ropes & Gray, hired by the USOC in February to determine when their officials and the USAG first learned of the allegations against Nassar and how they responded.
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