Simone Biles Says She, Too, Was Abused by Larry Nassar

“U.S.A. Gymnastics’ support is unwavering for Simone and all athletes who courageously came forward to share their experiences,” the organization’s statement said. “We are our athletes’ advocates. U.S.A. Gymnastics will continue to listen to our athletes and our members in our efforts of creating a culture of empowerment with a relentless focus on athlete safety every single day.”


Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar was sentenced last month to 60 years in prison for child pornography, and he is awaiting sentencing on abuse charges.

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Ms. Biles was fiercely protective of her teammates as they revealed their own abuse, and she stood by Ms. Raisman amid a brief controversy where Ms. Douglas seemed to criticize the victims before apologizing and adding her own name to the list. Ms. Biles’s statement explained what caused her to wait until months later to reveal her own allegations.

“For too long I’ve asked myself ‘Was I too naïve? Was it my fault?” she said in the statement. “I now know the answer to those questions. No. No, it…

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