Feinstein issues warning after abused gymnasts tell their stories

Editor’s note: Kudos to Dianne Feinstein for holding this hearing.

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein displayed some anger on Tuesday when she warned the U.S. Olympic Committee, ‘You’re going to hear from us,’ about allegations of abuse of its gymnastics team members,” as Roll Call is reporting

“The California Democrat introduced a bill that would require amateur athletics governing bodies to immediately report sexual abuse allegations to law enforcement. The bill would also make failure to do so a crime.

“The legislation was first co-sponsored by Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins and several other members from both parties have signed on.

“Former U.S. national gymnasts Dominique Moceanu, a 1996 Olympic gold medalist, Jamie Dantzscher, a 2000 Olympic bronze medalist, Mattie Larson, Jeanette Antolin and Jessica Howard were invited to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Moceanu is an advocate for the bill and the other four are abuse victims.

“Dealing with abuse of young female athletes ‘is a whole new field for me,’ Feinstein said at a news conference immediately following the hearing. ‘It really started with my meeting two months ago with these women.’

“’I’ve never done a press conference after a hearing,’ Feinstein said. She added that she did it to signal that ‘it’s a new day.’

The rest of the article is here.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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