Aly Raisman, y’all.
As you know, the courageous 23-year-old has been leading the charge fighting for justice for all the young women who were abused and molested by Larry Nassar. Now, she’s going after the institutions that allowed and enabled the USA Gymnastics team doctor’s abuse for decades.
On Monday, after three USAG execs resigned, the U.S. Olympics Committee‘s CEO Scott Blackman released a statement about the organization’s decision to bring on new board leadership to “support the brave survivors.”
“Since October of last year, we have been engaged in discussions with leadership of USA Gymnastics about the primary recommendation of the Daniels Report—changing the culture of USA Gymnastics. Those discussions accelerated over the holidays and today you have seen three board resignations. New board leadership is necessary because the current leaders have been focused on establishing that they did nothing wrong. USA Gymnastics needs to focus on supporting the brave survivors. The Olympic family failed these athletes and we must continue to take every step necessary to ensure this never happens again.”
Quite frankly… Raisman is calling bullshit.
Taking to Twitter shortly after, the gold medalist penned:
“The Indy Star broke on August 4, 2016 after survivors courageously came forward sharing stories of sexual abuse and alleging organizational mishandling. The next day, the USOC said they wouldn’t investigate (and even praised USAG’s work in the area of sexual abuse). For the past week, survivors came forward to courageously face a perpetrator of evil and share their painful stories. Many of them, myself included, claim the USOC is also at fault. Was the USOC there to ‘focus on supporting the brave survivors’? No. Did they issue a statement then? Crickets… Over the weekend, the USOC released a statement shamelessly taking credit for a few USAG resignations (note: not fired), as though they’re addressing this problem. But they are still not acknowledging its role in this mess. ZERO accountability. It’s like none of us were ever abused!”
“If the board members had to go because they ‘have been focused on establishing that they did nothing wrong,’ then the USOC must see fault. So what was the fault? And why just those three board members? How about the others, who either allowed them to do whatever they did wrong, or were so oblivious they didn’t know it was happening? Either way, these—and any other changes—won’t matter, until we know exactly what happened. Suggesting otherwise is dangerous to athletes.”
The decorated athlete concluded with a call to action:
“INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION! What’s it going to take for you to do the right thing?”
Keep fighting the good fight, Aly. And to USOC, history is watching.
[Image via Derrick Salters/WENN.]