The women keep coming forward. They keep telling their stories. And the evidence keeps mounting. It's been a slowly evolving story, this horrific quarter-century episode of alleged sexual abuse by USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar and the history of the governing body to ignore and cover-up accusations. Last month, USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny resigned as it became clear the national governing body of the sport was derelict in its duty to protect its own athletes.
The Indianapolis Star has produced some of the best investigative journalism, beginning with its first story in March 2016, exposing the lack of response by USA Gymnastics with 368 reported allegations of sexual abuse over the last 20 years. Their reporting showed the creation of a culture that allowed Nassar to perform alleged medical procedures on 13-year-old girls, girls who trusted the national team doctor and their coaches.
The numbers are shocking. There are more than 90 women who have filed lawsuits against Nassar. That's three times the number of victims that settled with Penn State University during the school's football sex abuse scandal.
The talented, driven girls of USA Gymnastics deserved better. Now they deserve justice.