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Gowdy, Cummings open House Oversight probe in to USA Gymnastics sex scandal

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In a rare show of bipartisanship, Republicans and Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent a letter to Kerry Perry, the president and CEO of USA Gymnastics informing her that the committee has begun an investigation into the organization’s failure to protect young gymnasts from sexual assault.

 

“Sexual assault should never be tolerated, but when it does occur, it is imperative that swift and immediate action be taken to stop the abuse, prevent it from recurring, and address its effects,” said the Feb. 8 letter, signed by Chairman Harold W. “Trey” Gowdy III (R.-S.C.) and the ranking Democrat, Maryland’s Rep. Ellijah E. Cummings.

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“One of the most disturbing aspects of the survivors’ accounts is how this reprehensible conduct went undetected or ignored for years,” the letter said. “Coaches, instructors, law enforcement, and other trusted adults all failed these young athletes.”

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Read the entire committee letter here.

In January, the longtime USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to hundreds of years in prison for sexually assaulting and molesting young female gymnasts under the appalling pretense of medical care.

During the sentencing phase of the trial, 216 female gymnasts confronted the doctor and detailed for the court how Nassar violated them.

The letter told Perry that the committee was motivated by the failure of its systems and procedures.

“USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, is at the center of many of these failures,” the letter said.

“The Committee seeks to better understand USA Gymnastics’ responsibility to its gymnastics clubs and gyms, its policies and procedures on sexual assault, and the actions it plans to take in response to this pervasive sexual abuse within the sport,” the letter said.

The committee’s letter came a day after USA Gymnastics announced it was had created a fund to support Nassar’s victims.

“The National Gymnastics Foundation is hopeful that the newly established Athlete Assistance Fund will provide much-needed support for our incredible athletes who have had these devastating experiences,” said the foundation’s board of directors in their statement.

“This will help them get through some of the most difficult days of their lives. Our athletes are some of the most impressive young people in all the world. We respect and admire them greatly,” the foundation said. “To the absolute best of our ability, the entire gymnastics community is there for them.”

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Mumford & Sons Guitarist Swarmed by Fanatic Leftists After Praising Andy Ngo’s Book

Musicians are terrified to speak out against fanatic leftism.

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Folk rock musician Winston Marshall was swarmed by furious leftists after congratulating journalist Andy Ngo on the publication of his new book, “Unmasked.” Ngo’s book breaks down Antifa’s model of attacking democracy and political violence in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere, shining light on the street terror group’s extremism.

Marshall, the lead guitarist of Mumford & Sons, hailed Ngo as a “brave man” in a since-deleted tweet.

Antifa supporters were quick to attack the musician as a “Nazi,” unleashing the hate-filled vitriol commonly associated with the intolerant movement. Marshall’s Twitter feed is largely filled with support for Hong Kong demonstrators, a far cry from what leftists might expect from a “fascist.” The English guitar player’s band is known for songs such as “I Will Wait” and “Hopeless Wanderer.”

Others pointed to the faux social media outrage as mere evidence of the Left’s intolerance and fanaticism.

Ngo has been forced to flee the United States under a constant barrage of Antifa threats in recent months, with the street terror group determined to silence Ngo’s reporting on consistent property damage, anarcho-tyranny, and violent crime in Portland and elsewhere.

Unfortunately, Marshall has since deleted the tweet. It’s considered impossible to get anywhere in the mainstream music industry if you haven’t cravenly bowed before the false gods of ultraliberalism and identity leftism. While Marshall took a risk in even saluting Ngo’s work in the first place, he unfortunately appears to have backed down, to a degree, a sad lamentation of the state of mainstream entertainment and corporate culture.


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