U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) – Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security with jurisdiction over the health and safety of USA Gymnastics, US Olympic and NCAA athletes – heard the stories of gymnasts who suffered abuse at the hands of former USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar. Their meeting came shortly after US Olympic Committee Chief Executive Scott Blackmun announced he was stepping down amid systemic failures to protect athletes from sexual abuse.
“The young women’s stories we heard today reinforced our determination to root out abuse in youth sport governing bodies,” said Moran and Blumenthal. “We are hopeful for renewed commitment from all Olympic organizations to eradicate all sexual abuse and other misconduct, and to raise a generation of athletes who feel safe competing in the sports they love. As Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee with jurisdiction over USOC and other governing bodies, we intend to continue our investigation.”
In January, Moran and Blumenthal questioned whether USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University tried to silence gymnasts with non-disclosure agreements and what the US Olympic Committee is doing to prevent future atrocities. The Senators broadened their inquiries to include all National Governing Bodies following reports that revealed two USOC executives were alerted of possible sexual misconduct by USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar a year before he was suspended.