COUNTY, IOWA – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member of the Senate
Judiciary Committee, is warning the leadership of USA Badminton about its potential
criminal violations amid allegations that it sought to conceal claims of child
sexual abuse and is obstructing an investigation by U.S. Center for SafeSport
the Nassar case exemplifies, inaction may lead to many more victims being harmed,
which would be intolerable,” Grassley
the wake of Larry Nassar’s conviction, a new law was passed—with Grassley’s
significant new safeguards protecting amateur athletes from abuse. Under that
law, amateur sports organizations, like USA Badminton, are required to report
any reasonable suspicion of abuse to SafeSport and law enforcement. Likewise,
SafeSport is required to report to Congress whenever an organization interferes
or attempts to interfere with an investigation.
this case, SafeSport has reported that USA Badminton leadership has:
reporting of sexual misconduct;
the destruction or withholding of evidence;
their obligations under the law; and
to cooperate with SafeSport.
his letter to the Chairman and the CEO of USA Badminton, Grassley puts
leadership on notice about their legal obligations and warns against the
possibility of their interference leading to further intolerable abuse. Grassley
has also alerted the FBI to these allegations.
text of Grassley’s letter can be found HERE
follows a recent hearing where survivors of Nassar’s abuse testified
about the need to further protect young athletes and hold perpetrators
accountable. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017, Grassley convened
the first congressional hearing on protecting young athletes from sexual abuse, and co-authored
athletic organizations to report instances of sexual abuse. He also conducted
of the U.S. Olympic
Committee’s response to the scandal involving disgraced Olympic physician Larry
Nassar. Grassley crafted
to improve safeguards
for young athletes and ensure proper use of funds designed to investigate
allegations of abuse.