As Monday brought a fifth day of impact statements by sexual abuse victims of USA Gymnastics’ former national medical director Larry Nassar, the consequences of his involvement with the organization are affecting its leaders.
According to a report from the New York Post, “The leadership of the USA Gymnastics board of governors — chairman Paul Parilla, vice chairman Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley — have all resigned amid growing anger over how they handled Nassar sexually abusing gymnasts and the complaints against him.”
Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty in a Michigan court to 10 total counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with children under the age of 16 — including a child younger than 13 – as part of a plea deal. His victims were accomplished athletes, some of whom reached the highest levels of the sport.
USAG has been harshly criticized by its athletes, as they are accused of dismissing allegations of abuse against Nassar.
“I was told [by USA Gymnastics] to be quiet,” Aly Raisman, one of Nassar’s accusers, told ESPN.com this week. “And I think that when somebody in high power is telling you to be quiet, right when they realized you are abused, I think that that is a threat, and especially when their first concern should be to make sure I’m OK, to get information from me, to see if my other teammates were abused, to see what else I knew, to get to the bottom of it.”
Raisman, one of more than 140 women accuse Nassar, continued, “USA Gymnastics just said, ‘We’re handling this. We got this. Like, stop asking us questions. Don’t talk about it because you’re going to tip off the investigation.’ So I didn’t want to jeopardize anything. Come to find out, [USA Gymnastics] didn’t report it right away.”
Nassar faces a sentence of 40 to 125 years in prison, and he was already sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges.