US Gymnasts Testify About Nassar Abuse and How the FBI Screwed Them
When I watched McKayla Maroney's testimony before congress about how the FBI not only mishandled her case, but actually lied about her case (according to her), I couldn't help but think of two terms feminists throw around too casually: patriarchy and rape culture. Because it seemed pretty obvious to me that a coalition of corrupt men protected each other so that sexual abuse of girls and young women could either continue or be covered up. Which helps it continue. This played out at a national level and went all the way to the FBI. A law enforcement agency. The federal law enforcement agency refused to do right by these girls, and yet we turn to them for justice? Think about it as you watch the following. Let's start with some highlights.
.@SenatorLeahy: "When do you feel justice will be done? What does genuine accountability look like?" @Aly_Raisman:… https://t.co/1V3817BpKV— CSPAN (@CSPAN)1631722053.0
Gosh, I dunno Senator. Maybe people being held accountable for their actions and this abuse never happens again? As an idea.
It gets worse, of course:
.@Aly_Raisman to @SenBlumenthal: "I can't tell you how horrifying it is to meet young girls who look up to me, who… https://t.co/hBIMx8soby— CSPAN (@CSPAN)1631721935.0
So multiple women have been abused and it was covered up. Even as the FBI was supposedly investigating this.
Aly Raisman's full opening testimony:
WATCH: @Aly_Raisman complete opening statement. “Why must we speculate when the facts are obtainable and the stak… https://t.co/mf5i79po3b— CSPAN (@CSPAN)1631720370.0
The FBI failed these ladies. Oh heck, it seems like the FBI actively screwed these ladies. The same for US Gymnastics. And like Raisman says, it's not like the evidence wasn't readily available. It was right there. But the organizations and agencies tasked with protecting these girls didn't. This isn't just a failure, this is criminal abuse.
McKayla Maroney goes as far as to say the FBI actually fabricated their report in order to protect the abuser and malign the victims.
WATCH: @McKaylaMaroney complete opening statement. "This was very clear, cookie cutter pedophilia and abuse and t… https://t.co/fzC0DNxn0J— CSPAN (@CSPAN)1631718964.0
And lastly Simone Biles' opening statement:
WATCH: Simone Biles (@simone_biles) complete opening statement. "This is the largest case of sexual abuse in the… https://t.co/pDuK71WGtX— CSPAN (@CSPAN)1631718308.0
It took the Indianapolis Star to break this story. Would abuse have continued had that paper not broke what was going on?
Let me give the mic to Greg Price for a bit. He sums this up best:
But they find the time to spy on innocent Americans, frame their political opponents as Russian agents, organize ki… https://t.co/hxbieMT2kW— Greg Price (@Greg Price)1631724270.0
We say "Don't trust government" around here a lot. I guess what I need to ask is, when was the last time we were actually able to trust them? So why do we keep looking to government to fix what government broke?
I'm glad these ladies testified so we could all hear their stories about how the FBI and their various gymnastics organizations harmed them. But honestly, what will change? Not a rhetorical question. I'm assuming that like the actions in Afghanistan, media will hope we forget about this.
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