In the ongoing conversation to believe women when it comes to #MeToo claims, is the push for actual accountability for those who may have dismissed, denied or delayed acting on the claims in the first place. Case in point is the USA Gymnastics scandal that rocked the sport.
More than 90 women who say they were sexually assaulted by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar have filed federal tort claims against the FBI on Wednesday for failing to reprimand the now-convicted child molester after receiving allegations made against him, lawyers reported, per the Associated Press.
The claims specify the yearlong gap between the FBI’s initial acquisition of reports detailing Nassar’s longstanding abuse and his subsequent arrest, which was prompted by a local law enforcement investigation and not the federal agency.
The lawsuits come just two weeks after the Justice Department announced that the individual FBI agents who botched the 2015 investigation and misled investigators for the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General would not face any charges. A handful of victims asserted that Nassar continued to sexually abuse young women and girls after his crimes were reported with no meaningful action from the bureau.