Gymnasts, community react to report on massive FBI failure in Larry Nassar investigation

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Gymnasts, their parents and others expressed dismay, heartache and anger after they learned about the results of a damning report of how the Indianapolis FBI handled allegations of sexual abuse by longtime USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

Officials with the Indianapolis FBI office made false statements, failed to respond and exhibited "extremely poor judgment" in the handling of 2015 sexual abuse allegations against Nassar, according to the report released by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Nassar, according to an investigation by IndyStar, sexually abused hundreds of young girls under the guise of "medical treatment."

"Let it be said clearly today - this is why survivors don't report," Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to publicly accuse Nassar of abuse, said as part of a Twitter thread. "Because the very people tasked with protection so often don't."

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The report found that officials with the Indianapolis FBI office made "fundamental errors" in the handling of Nassar's case, including failing to follow up after allegations of abuse and not properly documenting their investigations.

Lynn Raisman, mother of Olympian Aly Raisman, who is a survivor of abuse from Nassar, and lead prosecutor in the case against Nassar, Angie Povialitis, also commented. Povialitis shared her support for the gymnasts, along with John Manly. Manly represented many survivors.

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Contact IndyStar Pulliam Fellow Claire Rafford at crafford@gannett.com or on Twitter @clairerafford.

This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Larry Nassar investigation: Gymnasts, community react to FBI failure