Out of Balance

Number 27830
Subject Sexual Abuse
Source Indianapolis Star
State
Year 2016
Publication Date Aug. 4, 7, Sept. 13, Dec. 17, 18, 2016
Summary A nine-month investigation by The Indianapolis Star found 368 gymnasts had alleged sexual abuse over the last two decades at the hands of coaches and other authority figures — and revealed why: USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body, failed to protect young athletes by employing a policy of dismissing many child sex abuse allegations as hearsay; declining to report allegations to police; failing to track abusive coaches who move from gym to gym; denying responsibility for oversight; and, in some cases, pressuring alleged victims to remain silent. The reporting also emboldened more than 60 women to come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against a longtime USA Gymnastics team physician, who now faces state and federal charges.
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Keywords sports; abuse; sex; gymnastics; coaches; athletes
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