Larry Nassar Reportedly Abused at Least 40 Women While Under FBI Investigation
A new report says that even after the FBI opened an official investigation on USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar’s then-alleged abuse, the doctor was able to continue his reign of terror by assaulting at least 40 more women until he was taken into custody.
According to the New York Times, the Federal Bureau of Investigations approached Nassar’s case “with little evident urgency,” and that the inquiry wound up taking over a year. In that time — the 14 months between July 2015 and Nassar’s arrest in September 2016 — the former Olympic doctor assaulted at least 40 more young women.
During this investigation, it took almost one entire year before the FBI even interviewed the three women who brought their cases forward. Two were Olympic medalists and one was a gymnast who had been training at USA Gymnastics facilities.
“I never got a phone call from the police or the FBI,” Gina Nichols, the mother of one of Nassar’s victims told the Times. “Not one person. Not one. Not one. Not one.”
While the FBI has not responded to allegations of neglect directly, they have issued a public statement. It’s short. In their statement, the Bureau argues that because allegations against Nassar “transcend jurisdictions,” they could not fully ascertain the sheer volume of accounts. Nassar’s abuse mostly took place stateside in either Michigan or Texas, but also happened on the road, during Olympic events around the globe. USA Gymnastics maintains their argument that after presenting their findings to the FBI in 2015, they were informed that silence was key.
The Times also reports that while coaches and parents were attempting to alert USAG of the allegations against Nassar, the org’s then-president, Steve Penney (the entire board has now resigned) told anyone who came forward that the organization would alert authorities and that accusations should remain secret.
According to former FBI field agent W. Jay Abbott, the sensitive nature of allegations against children warrant meant that the investigation needed to be extra rigorous.
“There was a vigorous debate going on about whether this was a legitimate medical procedure,” Abbott told The Times about videos depicting Nassar’s abuse, which the FBI received as part of their investigation.
But thankfully, the agents finally had enough evidence to arrest Nassar, who today stands accused of assaulting 265 women. On February 5, after three weeks of sentencing hearings, Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison by an Eaton County, Michigan judge. The sentence will run concurrently with a separate sentence of 40 to 125 years issued by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina in Ingham County, Michigan on January 24, and in addition to a 60-year sentence for child pornography that was issued last fall.
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
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The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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