Sex abuse horror of Olympic superstar Simone Biles by USA Gymnastics doc

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The basic facts of his case illustrate the drive of the #MeToo movement to call out serial predatory behavior and the forces that enable it.

Simone Biles, the United States' most decorated gymnast of all time, says she was the victim of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar.

Nassar is the former Michigan State University and U.S. gymnastics doctor. Standing feet away from Nassar, they detailed how the 54-year-old sports medicine doctor at Michigan State University used his "medical dominance", as one survivor described it, to sexually abuse girls. As the national governing body of gymnastics in America, USA Gymnastics is responsible for selecting the national team and training young, promising athletes.

Four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles has become the latest entrant in the string of big personalities speaking about their horrifying experiences of sexual harassment they faced in their careers.

She added: "For too long I've asked myself 'Was I too naive? I know we will all get through this together". It was not my fault. "After hearing the courageous stories of my friends and other survivors, I know that this horrific experience does not define me", she wrote.

Nassar was the team physician for the Michigan State University gymnastics and women's crew teams, as well as an associate professor at MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine.

"Perhaps you have figured it out by now, but little girls don't stay little girls forever".

Nassar's began practicing in 1980, but an Indianapolis Star investigation in 2016 is when the true timeline starts. In a press statement obtained by Law&Crime, the Michigan Attorney General's Office said that other alleged victims and their parents would be allowed to give a victim impact statement at the hearing.

"I'm so horribly sorry, that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control", he said.

The gymnastics organization claims it is implementing dozens of policy changes to prevent something such as this from happening again.

The criminal cases followed reports a year ago in The Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics mishandled complaints about sexual misconduct involving him and coaches.

Cowan also brought up the news last month that former Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney was paid by USA Gymnastics to keep quiet about the abuse she endured at the hands of Nassar.

Though it isn't clear whether USA Gymnastics would seek to enforce the $100,000 penalty, Chrissy Teigen has taken to Twitter today to offer to pay any fine Maroney may face for breaking the agreement.

I'm shocked by your generosity, and I just want you to know how much hope your words bring to all of us!

Simone Biles made her announcement on Twitter on Monday.

The Olympic gold medalist said she got the courage to speak out "after hearing the fearless stories of my friends and other survivors", and wants to help ensure that "something like this never happens again".

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