Whose fault is it anyway? : how sexual abuse has plagued the United States Olympic Movement and its athletes / Katherine Hampel

Hampel, Katherine

Allegations of sexual assault and abuse have plagued the national governing bodies of Olympic sports in the United States over the last several decades. Most recently, USA Gymnastics has been the primary subject of these allegations by its current and former member gymnasts. Prior to being sentenced to up to 175 years in federal prison, former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar was accused of sexual abuse by over 150 former and current gymnasts within the organization. This paper discusses Larry Nassar’s career leading up to his sentencing, and the beginning of his abuse of these gymnasts. It continues to discuss the allegations against Nassar and trials and sentencings that were entered against him as a result of the allegations. Then, it examines the organizational structure of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), as well as USA Gymnastics, and discuss how the latter has responded to the situation involving Nassar. Finally, the paper reviews how similar scandals have affected other national governing bodies in the United States Olympic world, and how the USOC has responded to similar situations prior to Nassar.


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