Simone Biles Says Former Team USA Doctor Abused Her

Olympic Champion Simone Biles reveals she was sexually abused by Larry Nassar
USA Gymnastics star Simone Biles shares story of sexual abuse by team doctor
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17 January, 2018

Nassar, a longtime USA women's gymnastics team physician who has been accused of sexually abusing more than 140 women and girls under the guise of medical treatment, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in a MI court a year ago.

In November, the former sports doctor pleaded guilty and was charged with molesting seven girls under the guise of treatment at his home and clinic at Michigan State University.

She tweeted Monday that an investigation "must be done" on USA Gymnastics.

"Most of you know me as a happy, giggly, and energetic girl".

In a statement to "60 Minutes", USA Gymnastics say they adopted a new "safe sport policy" that requires "mandatory reporting" of suspicions of sexual abuse. Scores of women say they were abused by a respected man and then pressured into silence by powerful institutions. "I will continually return to the same training facility where I was abused", she wrote.

"They grow into strong women that. destroy your world".

Describing Nassar's behaviour as "unacceptable, disgusting, and abusive", Ms Biles continued: "It is not normal to receive any type of treatment from a trusted team physician and refer to it horrifyingly as the "special" treatment".

The Michigan attorney general's office is seeking at least 40 years in prison for the 54-year-old Nassar. The maximum represents a year for each of the 125 girls and women who filed reports of abuse with campus police.

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Larry Nassar will face court this month on sexual assault charges, he has already been sentenced to 60 years over child pornography offences.

In a #MeToo message posted to Twitter on Monday, Simone Biles claimed she was sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor.

Larry Nassar in court. I support the fearless survivors. "I know we will all get through this together".

While three members of 2012's Fierce Five team, Maroney, Douglas, and Raisman are not expected to attend Nassar's sentencing 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzcher will testify during the hearing, which is expected to last through the week.

As part of his plea he admitted he sexually abused patients whilst pretending he was giving medical treatment.

Dr. Nassar's lawyers Matthew Newburg and Shannon Smith said: 'The agreement which was placed on the record today was reached after extensive negotiations with the prosecution and with significant input from Larry Nassar.

Nassar is scheduled to be sentenced in other MI cases in two weeks.


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