The female gymnasts, who were abused by former team doctor Lawrence G. Nassar, have agreed to a $380 million settlement with the U.S.A. Gymnastics and United States Olympic & Paralympic committee.
According to the New York Times, the settlement was announced on Monday during the U.S.A Gymnastics’ bankruptcy proceedings with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The Nassar case is among the largest child molestation cases in history, and the settlement would compensate more than 500 victims.
“No amount of money will ever repair the damage that has been done and what these women have been through. But at some point, the negotiations have to end because these women need help – and they need it right now,” Rachael Denhollander, a Nassar survivor who was involved in the negotiations, said. These victims include Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, and Aly Raisman.
Survivors have suffered many mental health issues as a result of the abuse that took place over the years. As for the dollar amount per person, that would be calculated by an independent mediator based on the trauma endured. The settlement has been applauded by U.S.A. Gymnastics and U.S.O.P.C. officials, who also offered up an apology for their part in the tragedy that occurred under their watch.
“U.S.A Gymnastics is deeply sorry for the trauma and pain that survivors have endured as a result of this organization’s actions and inaction,” Li Li Leung, the president and chief executive of U.S. Gymnastics, said in a statement. In light of the failure by these organizations to protect vulnerable athletes, Congressional hearings on the issue have taken place and resulted in strengthened legal protections for athletes.
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
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