The incidents uncovered in a series of reports in the Indianapolis Star are truly stomach-turning.
USA Gymnastics officials repeatedly failed to report numerous instances of child sex abuse committed by coaches to law enforcement, and these predator-coaches continued to molest, assault, and sexually exploit young female gymnasts, some even as young as 6 years old.
"Top executives at one of America’s most prominent Olympic organizations failed to alert authorities to many allegations of sexual abuse by coaches – relying on a policy that enabled predators to abuse gymnasts long after USA Gymnastics had received warnings …
"USA Gymnastics would not disclose the total number of sexual misconduct allegations it receives each year. But records show the organization compiled complaint dossiers on more than 50 coaches and filed them in a drawer in its executive office in Indianapolis. The contents of those files remain secret, hidden under seal …"
And while some old media outlets have briefly reported on the Star's blockbuster investigation, the response in the media has been largely muted. One would think with the Olympics now in full swing, this shocking series of child sex abuse and cover-ups in gymnastics would be worth quite a bit of attention.
Yet the Boston Globe, who has never failed to trumpet even the meekest of abuse accusations against Catholic priests, no matter how long ago, did not even print a single syllable about the Star's report.