Simon Biles revealed on Wednesday that the sexual abuse she suffered by disgraced former U.S. gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar had a direct impact on her mental health in Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 this summer where she unexpectedly withdrew from several events.
Biles and several other members of Team USA Gymnastics spoke to the committee Senate judicial review of the failure of the FBI investigation into Na ssar. Biles' hard-hitting statement touched on a range of issues related to the investigation before detailing the lasting impacts the abuse has had on her and so many others.s athletes years after the first allegations were made in 2015.
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"I will end with one final thought. The scars of thisThis horrible abuse doesn't continue to live with us all, "she said. The abuse is never over or forgotten.
Nassar was charged in 2016 with federal child pornography and sexual abuse offenses in Michigan. He is now serving decades in prison afterthat hundreds of girls and women have said he sexually assaulted them under the guise of medical treatment while working for USA Gymnastics, based in Michigan and Indiana, which trains Olympians . (Graeme Jennings / Pool via AP)
"The announcement in spring 2020 that the Tokyo Games were to be postponed for a year meant that I would go to the gym, to practice, in therapy, living everyday, amid reminders of this story for another 365 days. As I have said in the past, one thing that helped me grow every day was the goal of not not let this crisis be ignored. I have worked incredibly hard to ensure that my presence can maintain a connection between chess and competition at Tokyo 2020. "
She continued: "This has proven to be an exceptionally difficult burden for me to carry, especially when it is necessary to travel to Tokyo without the support.of any member of my family. I am a strong person and will persevere, but I should never have been left alone to suffer Larry Nassar's abuse. And the only reason I did it was because of the failures that are at the heart of the abuses that you are now asked to investigate. "
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Biles competed in the team all-around event in Tokyo before retiring from vaulting, individual all-around and two other apparatus events, citing her mental health issues.with a bronze medal in the women's final on beam.
The four-time gold medalist did not commit a Error in blaming Nassar, but she also called USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee to accountis who she said she knew about the abuse.
"I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that allowed and perpetrated his abuses," she said. "If you allow a predator to harm children, the consequences will be quick and severe. Enough is enough.
The gymnasts of the United States of the left, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols arrive for a Senate court hearing on the Inspector General's report on the FBI The handling of the Larry Nassar investigation on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, in Washington. (Graeme Jennings / Pool via AP)
Hearing is part of congressional effort to hold FBI accountable after several missteps in the investigation of the case, including delays which allowed Nassar, now in prison, to abuse other young gymnasts.
At least 40 girls and Women said they were assaulted after the FBI learned of the problem.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.