The organization hired a former federal prosecutor, Deborah Daniels, last November to conduct an independent review on how it handles sexual assault allegations
Meanwhile, other gymnasts reached settlements that would keep them from speaking publicly: McKayla in London, reportedly faced a $100,000 fine from USA Gymnastics if she spoke out about Nassar (she originally came forward in ) as part of a $1.25 million settlement. USA Gymnastics later issued a statement that said it “has not sought and will not seek any money from McKayla Maroney for her brave statements made in describing her victimization and abuse by Larry Nassar.”
The problems at USA Gymnastics weren’t limited to Nassar, as revealed in the Indianapolis Star’s extensive investigation. The Star discovered a pattern of coaches and others failing to report sex abuse to authorities and later uncovered more than 360 cases spanning 20 years in which gymnasts accused coaches of sexual misconduct.
Strampel was charged with crimes related to sexual misconduct and abuse of power, including sexually assaulting, verbally abusing, and soliciting nude photos from female students
The review, released in , is striking in the obviousness of its recommendations, including that all members of USA Gymnastics report abuse immediately to authorities.
USA Gymnastics is, in some ways, still reeling from the Nassar allegations. Daniels called for a “complete cultural change” at the organization, and cited the atmosphere – where elite athletes are trained and taught to defer to authority figures such as coaches – as contributing to the roadblocks of rooting out and reporting abuse. USA Gymnastics unanimously adopted all 70 of the recommendations for implementation.
But some athletes say these efforts fall far short. “My highest priority has been to push for change, so future generations of athletes will be safer,” Raisman said in a statement, after filing a lawsuit against the US Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics. “It has become painfully clear that these organizations have no intention of properly addressing this problem. After all this time, they remain unwilling to conduct a full investigation, and without a solid understanding of how this happened, it is delusional to think sufficient changes can be implemented.”
Michigan State has agreed to pay out $500 million to the more than 300 survivors of Nassar’s abuse. The announcement came months after Nassar’s sentencing, where the doctor’s victims called out Michigan State for failing to take responsibility for enabling Nassar.
The $500 million settlement will set aside $425 million for the 332 people who have reported abuse. Each will reportedly receive between $250,000 and $2.5 million, an attorney who represents more than 100 plaintiffs told Michigan Live. The other $75 million is set aside for victims who may come forward in the future. (The MSU settlement also doesn’t have any bearing on separate lawsuits against USA Gymnastics.)
“We are truly sorry to all the survivors and their families for what they have been through, and we admire the courage it has taken to tell their stories,” Brian Breslin, the chair of Michigan State’s governing board, said on pus and in our community around sexual assault awareness and prevention.”
But Michigan State’s reckoning with Nassar is incomplete. Some have said that university coaches, staff, and other university employees knew of the allegations against Nassar, and others have told ESPN Magazine and Detroit News that they warned coaches, trainers, and other university officials about his misconduct long before he was finally fired in 2016.
Those revelations, spurred by the survivors’ excruciating testimony, likely mean Michigan State could face consequence beyond the settlement. The Department of Education has opened a formal investigation into the university. So has the NCAA. The House Oversight Committee www.hookupdate.net/escort-index/charlotte is looking into the failures at Michigan State.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has also embarked on a “full review” of the Nassar case, appointing a special prosecutor who handed down his first indictment in pel, Nassar’s former boss and former dean of MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also faces misdemeanor charges for “willful neglect of duty” in failing to properly supervise Nassar or enforce proper medical protocol.