I am so disappointed with humanity.
It’s every day now.
Every day someone new is being accused of sexual assault or harassment.
What is this culture we live in? What was a problem now seems to be an epidemic
Politicians, actors, comedians, coaches, teachers, doctors. The list goes on and on.
The predators are everywhere. Women, girls, and in some cases young boys, are under siege.
While every case is sad and terrible in its own right, the case that some Olympic gymnasts are making against Larry Nassar is particularly troubling.
The women who are coming forward — McKayla Maroney and two-time Olympic team captain Aly Raisman — were young girls, barely teenagers, when they were allegedly abused by Nassar. Nassar was the trusted team doctor for USA Gymnastics, and these young girls trusted USA Gymnastics with their careers, and their young lives.
Now in jail, Nassar faces 33 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
USA Gymnastics, must clean house. As a male coach- these predators have made my life and my job so much more difficult. I want them out of the sport and others like them- I want to make it as difficult as possible for them to get into the sport. A beg “YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE” sign.
Others likely need to go, too. Nassar was affiliated with USA Gymnastics for nearly 30 years. I knew Dr. Nassar for most of his 30 years in the sport. NOT ONE TIME in that 30 years did he give me reason to not trust hi. I sent gymnasts to see him and I even sent my daughter to see him. The guilt I feel is unimaginable. My daughter has assured me that nothing happened. Larry was a good Doctor. He had so many of us fooled..
I have a feeling more gymnasts will be coming forward with accusations against him, and perhaps others. The Indianapolis Star has reported that over the last 20 years, there have been 360 cases in which gymnasts have accused coaches of sexual misconduct.
It is also well-documented that famed USA Gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi, out of the loop now but once the most powerful figures in the sport, knew something was wrong and have been sued by a former national team gymnast because of it. I seriously doubt that the Karolyi’s knew. They were many things, but I cannot see them turning a blind eye to this. I personally feel that if Bela knew- he would have pulled Larry out in the woods at the Ranch and administered his own punishment.
The Karolyis have been accused of their own forms of abuse of gymnasts. In that same lawsuit, it was alleged that the Karolyis would physically abuse gymnasts, forbid them contact with their families, even deny them food and water.
I have said before that USA Gymnastics needs a Cultural Change. Nassar allegedly used that abusive environment as an opening to offer comfort to the young gymnasts and gain their trust.
Kerry Perry takes over next month. She has a lot of work to do, and doing further house-cleaning, executing a full investigation and ridding the organization of anyone else who even vaguely betrayed the trust of these vulnerable gymnasts and their families should be at the top of her list.
Abuse does NOT need to be part of our sport. We are the reigning Olympic and World Champions. Can you imagine what we could be capable of in a positive and transparent environment?