Letter

Letters to USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympics Committee, Michigan State University, USA Swimming, and USA Taekwondo Regarding Sexual Abuse in Organized Sports


01.26.18

Excerpt from letter to USA Gymnastics: “The abhorrent abuses associated with this case are outrageous, and raise serious concerns about your organization’s ability to oversee your sport and protect your athletes from abuse and mistreatment. Accordingly, the Committee is seeking information from USA Gymnastics because of the role it plays in overseeing gymnastics and protecting all of its athletes.”

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Excerpt from letter to the United States Olympic Committee: “Since 2014, allegations of sexual abuse have emerged within three Olympic sports. This week, Dr. Larry Nassar was sentenced for his abuse of more than 150 girls and women, many of whom are or were associated with USA Gymnastics. Last year, reports of sexual misconduct allegations emerged within the USA Taekwondo community. Finally, in 2014, 19 former swimmers said they were sexually abused by their coaches. The abhorrent abuses associated with USA Gymnastics, and potentially other sports, are outrageous, and raise concerns about whether the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has sufficient oversight mechanisms to protect your athletes from abuse and mistreatment.”

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Excerpt from letter to Michigan State University: “This week, Dr. Larry Nassar was sentenced for his abuse of more than 150 girls and women, including within a sports clinic on Michigan State University’s (MSU) campus. The abhorrent abuses associated with this case are outrageous, and may raise concerns about whether the university has sufficient oversight mechanisms to prevent such abuse from occurring. Accordingly, the Committee is seeking information from the university on the role it plays in overseeing any incidents involving MSU employees, sports, and its students.”

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Excerpt from letter to USA Swimming: “The abhorrent abuses associated with USA Gymnastics, as well as allegations in 2014, when 19 former swimmers said they were sexually abused by their coaches, may raise concerns about whether your organization has sufficient mechanisms to protect your athletes from abuse and mistreatment. Accordingly, the Committee is seeking information from USA Swimming because of the role it plays in overseeing swimming and protecting all of its athletes.”

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Excerpt from letter to USA Taekwondo:  “The abhorrent abuses associated with USA Gymnastics, as well as the allegations and investigations of misconduct within the USA Taekwondo community, may raise concerns about whether your organization has sufficient mechanisms to protect your athletes from abuse and mistreatment. Accordingly, the Committee is seeking information from USA Taekwondo on of the role it plays in overseeing Taekwondo and protecting all of its athletes.”

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