'I Blame An Entire System:' Olympic Gymnasts Testify About the FBI’s Larry Nassar Investigation

Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, and Maggie Nichols spoke before Congress about the sexual abuse they suffered—and how investigators failed them.
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'I Blame An Entire System:' Olympic Gymnasts Testify About the FBI's Larry Nassar Investigation
Elite gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, and Maggie Nichols all testified before Congress on Wednesday about the FBI's failures in handling the sexual abuse case against Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor. Nassar, who has pleaded guilty to multiple charges, is now serving a de facto life sentence of up to 175 years in prison for sexual abuse.

Biles, the first gymnast to speak, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that there is an "entire system" that still needs to be held accountable. "To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse," Biles said as she fought back tears.

"We deserve answers," she added. "Nassar is where he belongs, but those who enabled him deserve to be held accountable. If they are not, I am convinced that this will continue to happen to others across Olympic sports."


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