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.
“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.”
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.
"One of the most disturbing aspects of the survivors' accounts is how this reprehensible conduct went undetected or ignored for years. Coaches, instructors, law enforcement, and other trusted adults all failed these young athletes."https://t.co/iTAhBHnHWC
— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) February 8, 2018
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.”
President Trump Announces New 1776 Commission to Promote Patriotic Education in Nation’s Schools
An alternative to leftist brainwashing.
President Donald Trump announced the formation of a new ‘1776 Commission’ during a speech at the National Archives Museum on Thursday, creating a new commission that will work to instill principles of patriotic and pro-American education in defiance to left-wing school and university systems.
The President spoke of the need for the new commission in light of the vision championed by the cultural left, citing the New York Times’ 1619 Project and ‘critical race theory’ anti-white teachings pervasive throughout Fortune 500 companies and federal government agencies. (The President issued an executive order banning critical race theory brainwashing at the beginning of the month.)
The 1776 Commission will work to promote patriotic education and defend American heritage and character. It’s likely the organization will create curriculum that celebrates the American legacy, as leftists in public school and university systems work relentlessly to attack it.
“Our mission is to defend the legacy of America’s founding, the virtue of America’s heroes, and the nobility of the American character,” Trump said of the Commission’s goals. “We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country. We want our sons and daughters to know that they are the citizens of the most exceptional nation in the history of the world.”
“These radicals have been aided and abetted by liberal politicians, establishment media, and even large corporations,” Trump said. “Whether it is the mob in the street or the cancel culture in the boardroom, the goal is the same: To silence dissent, to scare you out of speaking the truth, and to bully Americans into abandoning their values, their heritage, and their very way of life.”
“We are here today to declare that we will never submit to tyranny. We will reclaim our history and our country for citizens of every race, color, religion, and creed,” the president continued.
The President understands that conservatives and patriots must fight for cultural power as they do for political power, an pressing priority for conservatives who desire to fight back against the cultural left’s domination of the educational world.
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