In 2017, news broke that former USA Gymnastics doctor, Dr. Larry Nassar, was accused of sexually abusing more than 140 women. Nassar’s victims included several top gymnasts such as Olympic gold medalists McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, and others.
Last week, Nassar was forced to face dozens of his victims in court as they shared their devastating sexual abuse experiences. Their powerful and heartfelt testimonies, which included one from Olympian Aly Raisman and nonmedical victim Kyle Stephens, made national headlines.
Following the testimonies at the Dr. Nassar trial, two leadership members of the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors resigned. Their resignation reportedly went into effect Sunday, January 21st, but USA Gymnastics did not release an official statement to the public until Monday morning.
On Twitter, USA Gymnastics stated, “USA Gym Board of Directors executive leadership - Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder & Treasurer Bitsy Kelley - tendered their resignations, effective Jan. 21, 2018. The Board of Directors will identify an interim chairperson until a permanent selection is named.”
Kerry Perry, the President and CEO of USA Gymnastics, announced the organization’s support for their decisions and assured, “this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change.”
“As the board identifies its next chair and fills the vacant board positions, we remain focused on working every day to ensure that our culture, policies, and actions reflect our commitment to those we serve,” she continued.
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