Former USA Gymnastics trainer Larry Nassar was guilty and convicted for sexual assault against hundreds of young girls that were part of the corporation. USA gymnastics was accused of knowing and not doing anything about it. But, after it blew up, USA Gymnastics made a promise to change and bring back the love of the sport for these women.
Six-time Olympic medalist, Aly Raisman, filed a lawsuit against USOC and USA gymnastics after Nassar's conviction. It is known that at least three victims reported their abuse to USA Gymnastics officials, but former CEO, Steve Penny, did not report it to the FBI for weeks which ended up costing him his job. The entire governing board resigned over a month ago as well.
New CEO, Kerry Perry, displayed a video inside of a huge arena that delivered the message that called for help from gymnastics clubs, coaches, athletes, and parents to help "Safe Sport" moving forward. Safe Sport is meant to report abuse and it requires all members to report the instance immediately. Perry stated that, "Athlete safety must be at the forefront of everything we do, every day."
There are many new rules put into place regarding behavior. There are no longer any exceptions for "unsupervised treatments." Also, there is a list of new banned coaching behaviors. It is now required that gymnast travel to all camps and competitions with a chaperon. The culture of the sport is undergoing some serious remodeling after Nassar left an awful footprint on the sport as a whole.
"We need the gymnastics community to join with us to accomplish this for both the young men and women who are pursuing their gymnastics dreams today and to honor those who have gone before." Said CEO Kerry Perry.
USA Gymnastics is forever changed and now being empowered by the women who were able to share their awful experiences. They are making it very clear that athletes deserve to develop confidence and character while developing their skills and it should no longer be an option for either to be taken away from them anymore.