During the past year, the public was stunned by revelations of sexual molestation of young athletes by coaches, trainers, and others associated with USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming, and USA Taekwondo. As public scrutiny focused on this scandal, it was soon learned that over the past 20 years, at least 368 victims, many of whom were young athletes, were subjected to sexual abuse by coaches, doctors, or other adults affiliated with youth sports programs. Victims claimed that youth sports organizations did nothing in response to their cries for help.
Among the accused was Dr. Larry Nassar. On January 24, 2018, Nassar was sentenced to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting numerous amateur gymnasts for over 15 years. In May 2018, Michigan State University—where Nassar was employed while working with USA Gymnastics—agreed to pay $500 million to settle lawsuits brought by 332 of his victims.