I’ve always been amazed at the harsh and inhumane treatment tyrannical nations will put their Olympic athletes through for medals.
During the Cold War, the Soviet Union and its Communist Bloc allies would put their athletes through hell. In addition to juicing their athletes with banned chemicals, athletes were stripped from their families at young ages for round-the-clock training.
It continues today in places like China and North Korea. Some Chinese athletes rarely see their families, while being beaten for failure. North Korea will reward their winners with cars and refrigerators and send losers to labor camps.
Democratic nations also reward their winners with cash, but they share some of the abusive traits with the tyrannical governments.
U.S.A. Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and officials at Michigan State University all closed their eyes, covered up, and were complicit in the sexual abuse that Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar put his victims through for 30 years.
Nassar has been sentenced up to 175 years in prison. These institutions required young girls to submit to his ungloved pelvic manipulations masked as “treatments,” while ignoring complaints and aiding in brainwashing his victims, over 160 of them.
Child abusers were protected by Penn State University and the Catholic Church for years. We still don’t fully understand those situations, and now we have this Olympic-sized outrage.
While sentencing Nassar, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said, “Silence is indifference. There has to be a massive investigation as to why there is inaction and why there was silence.” She was heavily criticized by some for the sentence and for making the comments, “It was not treatment what you did. It was not medical. I wouldn’t send my dogs to you, sir.” His trial lasted seven days and included testimony from 156 accusers.
Congress is set to pass new legislation mandating that coaches and other authorities report accusations of abuse to police. Really? We need new laws to make those responsible for children to do their responsibility, which is to protect them?
An athlete’s body does not belong to her coach, trainer, doctor, to any Olympic committees or organizations, and not even to their country. A violation is a violation. Every single coach, trainer, personnel, or authority figure in the U.S. Olympic system who was aware of this abuse, or other abuses, should do time with Nassar.
This is the worse sex abuse scandal in U.S. sports history, and maybe in all of American history. U.S.A. Gymnastics didn’t just allow a serial pedophile to assault their athletes for over 30 years, they mandated their athletes to submit to his unjustified vaginal examinations. The price to be an Olympian was to submit to his abuse.
From Hollywood moguls threatening the careers of actresses who refuse to be seduced by a massage, to the guy giving the State of the Union speech Tuesday night who bragged on tape “they let you do it when you’re a star,” I’ve been disgusted by the sick acts of sick individuals with power. Having it done to children, and the the children told by authority that it has to be done, is a brand-new outrage. I hope every name who allowed this to happen is produced and publicized.
Only tyrannical nations require their athletes to submit to such abuse, right? The United States isn’t one of those? Right?
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