Gold medalist Simone Biles joined several of her gymnastics teammates today when she announced that she too was sexually molested by team doctor Larry Nassar. Biles posted this lengthy statement on Twitter:
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 15, 2018
Nassar was the team doctor for USA gymnastics. He pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in November but is believed to have molested dozens of girls including medal-winning Olympic gymnasts Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas. His sentencing is taking place this week and CNN reports several days have been set aside for victim impact statements:
On Tuesday, the victims of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor, will speak out in a Michigan court as part of his criminal sentencing. Nassar pleaded guilty in November to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct and admitted that he used his position as a trusted medical professional to sexually abuse young girls.
But the victim impact statements won’t end Tuesday. Several days have been set aside to hear from up to 125 victims or their parents. The Michigan Department of Attorney General spokesperson expects 88 individuals to give victim impact statements in what is likely to be a remarkable reckoning for the largest sexual abuse scandal in the history of sports.
The victim impact statements are expected to be emotional, heartfelt and gut-wrenching tales of the abuse and its lasting effects. But for many victims, the statements may also be cathartic, said Kristen Houser, chief public affairs officer for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
Biles competed in the 2016 Olympics where she won four gold medals, the most ever won in a single Olympics by a woman gymnast. After taking most of 2017 off, Biles returned to training in November to begin preparing for the 2020 Olympics:
Biles is giving herself plenty of time to get back into top form compared to previous Olympians, including 2016 teammates Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman, who took more than two years off after the 2012 Olympics in London to begin training for last summer’s Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Biles, whose combined total of 19 world championships and Olympic medals make her the most decorated American gymnast ever, said her immediate goal is to begin competing on some apparatuses by mid-July, but by the P&G Championships in August to start competing in the all-around category again.
If they gave out Olympic medals to world-class scumbags, Dr. Nassar would have earned the gold. He has already been given a 60-year prison sentence for child porn charges and the sentencing for seven counts of criminal sexual conduct should impose an even longer sentence on top of that. In short, they are going to bury him deep under the prison where he will never be heard from or seen again. Good riddance.