(UnitedVoice.com) – In 2021, the DOJ Office of the Inspector General released a scathing report about the FBI’s handling of the Larry Nassar investigation. The former USA Gymnastics doctor sexually assaulted over 160 women and girls during his time as a doctor. Thirteen of his victims reportedly plan to sue the FBI over its failures.
On April 21, ESPN reported attorney Jamie White revealed his clients’ plans. He explained that the FBI knew about Nassar’s alleged abuse but did nothing to stop it for months. The doctor continued to have “unfettered access to young women,” White said. The victims could sue for as much as $10 million each (or $130 million total) from the federal law enforcement agency.
Grace French, founder of The Army of Survivors, released a statement condemning the FBI. She said the federal agency “failed to protect children and athletes.” She went further, saying nobody should have fallen victim to Nassar after the summer of 2015, when the FBI was notified of the abuse.
"This is about showing those institutions who continue to harbor, enable, and protect predators that they won’t get away with it. That there are consequences for turning a blind eye to abuse through inaction."
— The Army of Survivors (@survivorsarmy) April 21, 2022
White also pointed out the Nassar abuse isn’t the only time the FBI has failed to act in a timely manner in recent years. The agency knew about the threats posed by Nikolas Cruz weeks before he murdered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida. The government settled with those families for $127.5 million.
The victims can’t sue just yet. They must wait for the FBI to respond; federal authorities have six months to issue that response.
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