FBI Complicity


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People, stupid ones…mostly stupid men, always ask why women don’t report sexual abuse more often. The reason they don’t isn’t because they fear they won’t be believed. The reason is because they probably won’t be believed. Let’s take the case of Larry Nassar.

Larry Nassar was a doctor for U.S.A. Gymnastics and a professor at Michigan State University. Under the guise of medical treatment, Nassar abused his patients. He has admitted to only ten when the number may be as high as 332. More than 150 federal and state lawsuits have since been filed against Nassar, Michigan State University, the US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, and the Twistars Gymnastics Club.

Rachael Denhollander, a lawyer and former gymnast, was the first to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual assault. She assumed Nassar was abusing other women because he had worked with the national team for four years before abusing her, and she knew how abusers worked. She said, “When I came forward, I fully expected multiple levels of botched investigations and cover-ups because that’s what survivors are up against.” She was right.

There is a new report by the Justice Department’s Inspector General that says for a year after being alerted to Nassar’s abuse, the FBI ignored it.

Denhollander said, “This is what survivors are up against. And they constantly get asked the question, ‘Why don’t survivors report?’ This is why.”

The report, citing civil court documents, said 70 or more young athletes had been sexually abused by Nassar between July 2015, when U.S.A. Gymnastics first reported allegations against Nassar to the FBI’s Indianapolis field office, and August 2016, when the Michigan State University Police Department received a separate complaint. One of the victims during the time the FBI sat on the report was eight years old. The makes the FBI complicit with Nassar’s sexual assaults.

Nassar is sitting in prison after combined sentences to over 140 years. He shouldn’t be the only one sitting in prison on this case.

Did you know it’s a crime to lie to the FBI? But maybe it’s not a crime for the FBI to lie to the FBI.

The IG report says officials in the Indianapolis field office failed to respond to the allegations “with the utmost seriousness and urgency that they deserved and required” and the investigation did not proceed until after a September 2016 report by The Indianapolis Star detailed Nassar’s abuse. So, what was going on for a year? Why did the FBI only start taking it seriously after the public was informed? If a newspaper had never investigated the accusations of sexual assault at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, would the FBI had ever investigated it?

W. Jay Abbott, the special agent in charge of the Indianapolis field office, was inquiring about job openings at…wait for it…the U.S. Olympic Committee, even while questioning them about the the case, he was asking about jobs with the Olympic organization. He even applied for one. USA Gymnastics was complicit and covering up the sexual assaults, and the guy in charge of the investigation was asking them for a job.

When asked about this by his superiors, Abbott lied. He also lied repeatedly to the Inspector General when asked about the investigation.

Nassar spoke with the president and chief executive of USA Gymnastics about potential job opportunities with U.S.O.C , even as the two discussed the allegations against Nassar. Abbott later applied for a job at the U.S.O.C., but twice lied to the inspector general about seeking that job.

Since he lied and violated FBI policy by applying for jobs with people he was questioning during an investigation, surely Abbott was charged, right? Wrong. Once again, men are protecting men who were protecting men.

Abbott’s lawyer issued a statement saying, “Mr. Abbott thanks the law enforcement officers and prosecutors who brought Larry Nassar to justice. Mr. Abbott hopes the courageous victims of Nassar’s horrible crime find peace.” What bullshit. If Abbott hadn’t been busted covering up the assaults and sitting on the investigation, then Nassar would never have been prosecuted. Nobody would have found any peace. Abbott thanking law enforcement and prosecutors for sending Nassar to prison is like Dr. Frankenstein thanking the pitchfork and torch-wielding angry villagers for killing his monster. It’d be like Donald Trump thanking human rights activists for reuniting families he separated at the border.

W. Jay Abbott is complicit with the rape of women and girls by Larry Nassar. While he was sitting on a case and asking about jobs so he could take them while receiving his FBI pension, Nassar was continuing to rape and assault, possibly over 100 girls and women, including an eight year old. Abbott should be charged and have his pension stripped from him. Maybe that will help the victims find the peace Abbott is hoping for them. Abbott couldn’t be more complicit if was physically holding the women down while Nassar sexually assaulted them.

The FBI sat on the Nassar case and they’re doing it again by refusing to charge and prosecute Abbott. There will be a Senate investigation over this and one of the questions will be, “Why isn’t anyone at the FBI being prosecuted for this?”

The reason there’s a need for the #MeToo movement, “We Believe You,” and the Pussyhat Project is because so many people refuse to even listen to victims, less enough believe them. And it’s because of men like Jay Abbott in powerful positions protecting rapists like Lawrence Nassar in powerful positions that women don’t report assaults more often.

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6 comments

  1. I know two of the three reporters from the Indianapolis Star who worked on the series that exposed Larry Nassar. One was a former fellow employee (same newspaper owner, different cities) and the other I have served on press trade group boards with.

    Guess what happened to this team after their courageous work? They got snubbed by the Pulitzer committee. Surprised?

    It was an amazing piece of journalism. It involved or mentioned everybody in the gymnastics world, including Béla Károlyi. Everybody was shocked when they got snubbed.

    The Hoosier State Press Association Newsroom Seminar Committee, which I serve on, created a special citation that was presented to the Star team in 2017, if memory serves, I think it was called the “We Can’t Believe You Got Fucked by the Pulitzer Committee” award. Or something to that effect.

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  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Get this done!! … stop sitting on these cases!! … “The FBI sat on the Nassar case and they’re doing it again by refusing to charge and prosecute Abbott. There will be a Senate investigation over this and one of the questions will be, “Why isn’t anyone at the FBI being prosecuted for this?”.

    The reason there’s a need for the #MeToo movement, “We Believe You,” and the Pussyhat Project is because so many people refuse to even listen to victims, less enough believing them. And it’s because of men like Jay Abbott in powerful positions protecting rapists like Lawrence Abbott in powerful positions that women don’t report assaults more often.”

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  3. So what’s the purpose of women reporting to men? And what can we expect to happen to Abbott. Surely at least a civil suit can be filed against him for dereliction of duty, or something like that. To leave the matter lie is to insult women everywhere who have suffered a sexual assault! Where is the justice in that?

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  4. Clay, after seeing Bill Cosby walk out of jail, this new story on Larry Nassar gives me pause about this sexual predator getting a release at some point. My wife and I have been watching the excellent HBO podcast by Ronan Farrow on how he and others broke the Harvey Weinstein chronic sexual assaults story. What infuriates them and relates to these two men above, plus all the others including the former president, is the enablers who make it all go away. Listening to Farrow and other reporters speak of Weinstein and his enablers makes you think of Donald Trump and is narcissistic bullying and sexual assaults that he has been accused of by about two dozen women. I also think of Congressman Jim Jordan who denies blowing off Ohio State University athletes who told him of the medical doctor that fondled them in check-ups. Some of these athletes actually admired Jordan as a wrestling coach, yet he lied saying they never told him when they say they did. Keith

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