USA Gymnastics routinely ignored warnings of sexual abuse by coaches, report alleges


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    USA Gymnastics routinely ignored warnings of sexual abuse by coaches, report alleges

    A stunning, detailed investigation published Thursday by the Indianapolis Star found that USA Gymnastics, the sport’s governing body in this country, did little to investigate numerous claims of sexual abuse levied against gymnastics coaches across the country, routinely dismissing the allegations as hearsay “unless they came directly from a victim or victim’s parent” because of fears that the allegations would damage the reputations of the coaches in question.

    This approach runs counter to best practices when dealing with reports of sexual abuse against minors and is possibly illegal, as every state in the country has a law requiring people to report suspected sexual abuse of a minor to authorities. But instead of investigating or reporting the allegations, USA Gymnastics routinely filed them away.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/08/04/usa-gymnastics-routinely-ignored-warnings-of-sexual-abuse-by-coaches-report-alleges/


 

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