DeGette to Investigate Sexual Abuse in Organized Sports

Jan 26, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC –  Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO), along with other leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sent letters today to USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Michigan State University, USA Swimming, and USA Taekwondo regarding sexual abuse within organized sports.

The letters reflect the recent sentencing of Dr. Larry Nassar for his abuse of more than 150 women and girls, as well as last year’s reports of sexual misconduct allegations in the Taekwondo community, and the 2014 allegations of sexual abuse from 19 former U.S. swimmers.

In their letter to USA Gymnastics, DeGette and the other members wrote: “The abhorrent abuses associated with this case are outrageous, and raise serious concerns about your organization’s ability to oversee your sport and protect your athletes from abuse and mistreatment. Accordingly, the Committee is seeking information from USA Gymnastics because of the role it plays in overseeing gymnastics and protecting all of its athletes.” The other letters contained similarly strong admonitions and requests for information.

Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Bob Latta (R-OH), Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Gregg Harper (R-MS) all contributed to the letters together with DeGette.

Click here to read the letter to USA Gymnastics.

Click here to read the letter to the United States Olympic Committee.

Click here to read the letter to Michigan State University.

Click here to read the letter to USA Swimming.

Click here to read the letter to USA Taekwondo.