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First Woman To Publicly Accuse Larry Nassar, Rachael Denhollander, Reacts To Former USA Gymnastics Steve Penny's Evidence-Tempering Charges Dismissal

Charges of evidence tampering against former USA Gymnastics president and CEO Steve Penny have been dismissed due to  "insufficient evi...


Charges of evidence tampering against former USA Gymnastics president and CEO Steve Penny have been dismissed due to "insufficient evidence to prosecute according to current law and facts present in the case."

Penny, who was president and CEO of USA Gymnastics from 2005 to 2017, is alleged to have destroyed or hid documents related to Nassar's activities at the Karolyi Ranch, the former national training center just outside Huntsville, Texas.

Reacting to the news, Rachael Denhollander posted a series of tweets.

It's been almost six years since I was first told "the paperwork for this law enforcement report doesn't add up.

We're still paying the price.


Charges against Penny were dismissed today, after waiting for nearly four years from his indictment, for any action to be taken.  

And survivor are left with "doesn't matter". "Not important". "This was ok behavior."

Institutions, leaders and predators are told "no big deal".


"Doesn't matter" that Penny waited nearly six weeks to report Larry, because he did his own investigation first, after receiving graphic disclosures from three elite athletes, and knowing a fourth had experienced the same abuse.



Doesn't matter that Penny tried to conceal this from their parents, and never did notify the fourth gymnast or her parents (Simone) about the investigation despite knowing she was a survivor.

Doesn't matter that he told parents to keep quiet, he'd handle it.



Doesn't matter that Penny removed hundreds of medical files from the Ranch and didn't give them to the FBI, OR to MSU detectives when I came forward.

Or that he refused to provide information to MSU PD, or even say where the files were.



Doesn't matter that he wrote to Indy PD and asked for help "body slamming the sources" for IndyStar's investigation, and got that help.

Doesn't matter that he had drinks with FBI's Jay Abbot and recommended him for a job while he knew Larry was assaulting kids every day.


Being out there alone, with the story an international headline - Penny's *actual* cooperation with law enforcement would have meant the world to me, and to all of us.

Instead, he stonewalled, lied, hid evidence, and got away with it.

And let's not forget that Penny oversaw the entire system where reports of coach abuse were stuffed in a file cabinet, where he personally characterized sex abuse reports as "witch hunts", where Larry was practicing medicine in TX without a license.


Where our elite athletes and anyone who attended camps and competitions were separated from their parents, isolated, starved, left with brutal injuries and no actual medical care, and psychologically abused every time, and characterized this as normal and necessary.

Some of this is criminal. Some of it isn't, but probably should be. And all of it is immoral and wicked.

Six years later, after federal hearings, hundreds of survivors, an independent investigation, and tireless effort from exhausted survivors, we get told again "doesn't matter"


Imagine what this is like to live through over, and over, and over again.

Imagine what an uphill battle survivors who are fighting alone, are facing. If this is the end result even given *everything* we have, and have done, imagine what's going on that you never see.



Denollander was the first woman to publicly accuse Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor, of sexual assault.

Nassar was sentenced to 40-175 years in prison for various sexual abuse crimes, as well as 60 years for child pornography. He's currently serving his time in the Coleman II U.S. Penitentiary near Orlando, Florida.

Photo: Denollander/Twitter

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