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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: (R to L) Gold Medalists Simone Biles, Gabrielle Douglas, Lauren Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Alexandra Raisman of the United States stand on the podium for the national anthem at the medal ceremony for the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

USA Gymnastics Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Amid Sex Abuse Scandals

The heinous crimes of former USA Gymnastics trainer Larry Nassar continue to devastate the organization and the families and victims involved after the national governing body for gymnastics filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday.

Bankruptcy Is USAG Solution To Sex Abuse Fallout

Civil lawsuits related to the sexual abuse case of Nassar have constricted USA Gymnastics. Filing for bankruptcy will help to expedite the process of handling these lawsuits, according to USAG. The bankruptcy, according to USAG, is not in relation to the available money for the victims, which they said is provided by insurance money. The organization is adamant in assuring that there are no intentions to liquidate, but rather to “reorganize” amid the fallout of the abuse. USAG is facing roughly 100 lawsuits from some 350 athletes concerning the abuse and USAG’s handling of it.

The bankruptcy process will effectively halt all pending litigation against USAG, allowing for a period of recollection that will allow athletes to more thoroughly communicate with the organization ahead of any legal processions. Several of the cases cite USAG as irresponsible in its efforts to address and report the abuse. Building a foundation of trust between USAG and its athletes is the primary objective following the filing, along with a revamping of the organization’s public image.

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Several former USAG athletes have been critical of the organization’s handling of the abuse, and see no promise in the potential ability to right the ship. Former team USA gymnast and board member Jessica Howard, one of the first victims to speak out about the abuse, says that she doesn’t see how anybody can trust USAG to run the sport of gymnastics. “USA Gymnastics has made absolutely no changes that have affected victims, survivors,” Howard said. “I don’t think the sport will survive at the highest levels if we don’t get this right.”

Attorney John Manly, who represents almost 200 of Nassar’s victims, has called the bankruptcy a “delay tactic” for the organization, which has botched the recovery process and saw two presidents resign consequentially. USAG is currently in search for a new CEO.

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Written by Red Young