Aly Raisman Excoriates FBI for Failures in Larry Nassar Case: They Knew He Molested Children ‘And Did Nothing’


Aly Raisman was among the top U.S. gymnasts who testified at a Senate hearing about the horrific abuse of Larry Nassar and the failures of the FBI to actually do something sooner.

Raisman joined Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, and Maggie Nichols at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the botched investigation into the former U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team doctor, who was convicted for sexually abusing over 150 women and girls.

Raisman said, “Over the past few years it has become painfully clear how a survivor’s healing is affected by the handling of their abuse, and it disgusts me that we are still fighting for the most basic answers and accountability over six years later.”

She described a serious frustration with the FBI’s failure to act swiftly, because “given our abuser’s unfettered access to children, stopping him should have been a priority.”

The FBI failed to interview pertinent parties in a timely manner. It took over 14 months for the FBI to contact me despite my many requests to be interviewed by them. The records establish that Steve Penny, FBI agent Jay Abbott, and their subordinates worked to conceal Nassar’s crimes.

The day of her interview, Raisman said, the agent “diminished the significance of my abuse and made me feel my criminal case wasn’t worth pursuing.”

“My reports of abuse were not only buried by USAG, USOPC but they were also mishandled by federal law enforcement officers who failed to follow their most basic duties. The FBI and others within both USAG and USOPC knew that Nassar molested children and did nothing to restrict his access,” she continued.

“Nassar found more than 100 new victims to molest. It was like serving innocent children up to a pedophile on a silver platter.”

She asked, “Why would duly sworn federal law enforcement officers ignore reports of abuse of a doctor across state lines and country borders? For a future job opportunity? Or were there additional incentives and pressures? Why must we speculate when the facts are obtainable and the stakes are so high?”

Last week one FBI agent was reportedly fired over failures to investigate Nassar.

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