COMMISSION TO PROTECT YOUTH ATHLETES
WHAT IS THE GAME OVER COMMISISON?
Commission Comprised of National Experts in Child Sex Abuse, Law Enforcement, Academia, Trauma, Sports and Investigative Journalism
The sex abuse investigation centered around LN, team doctor for USA Gymnastics (USAG) and Michigan State University (MSU), is one of the most complex in modern history, involving many institutions, coaches, and adults—all of whom failed to appropriately protect hundreds of children from sex abuse. A total of 156 women and girls testified against LN at his 2017-18 criminal trial, but 265 have come forward so far. Experts believe there are likely more.
This independent commission is investigating all aspects of the systems that enabled his abuse, and will examine how they failed, reach conclusions, and issue recommendations to stop child sex abuse in the future. It is composed of the leading experts in the field of child sex abuse from the medical, social science, legal, and public policy arenas, each of whom is donating their time pro bono to the project.
Key components of the commission include:
- Fact-Finding, Data Collection
- Creation of Publicly Available, Searchable Database of All Information
- Legal and Policy Review by Legal Experts in the United States
- Public Participation and Transparency
Upon completion of the fact finding, data collection, and public hearings, the commission will compose and release its findings to the public and policymakers. All materials gathered and testimony obtained will be archived and made available to the public.
CHILD USA Statement on Recent Events Concerning
the Death of John Geddert
In light of recent events in the gymnastics world, CHILD USA would like to express our solidarity with, and support of, survivors. We share in the disappointment of seeing another perpetrator escape accountability. The death of disgraced coach John Geddert unfortunately re-traumatizes many survivors, as the hope of accountability for this man – who was charged with felonies of sexual assault and human trafficking, and who enabled and covered up Larry Nassar’s abuse – has vanished. With his death, many questions are left unanswered. Why did it take so long for him to be held accountable? Why was he not taken into custody when the charges were announced? Too often, we see perpetrators receive the benefit of the doubt, and time and again they prove they are unworthy.
The Game Over Commission has launched a survey entitled “Studying the Contextual and Systemic Factors that Surrounded LN’s Abuse Crimes” which will survey survivors/victims of LN and their families. This survey has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Pennsylvania. Click the link below to take the survey.
HOW TO HELP THE COMMISSION
SUBMIT YOUR STORY
The Game Over Commission is creating a comprehensive database of everything that happened relating to the case to make sure all stories and experiences are accounted for. The Game Over Commission will exist so that researchers, child sex abuse experts, media, athletic associations, and the public know what went wrong and why.
INFORM OUR INVESTIGATION
We are looking for information to inform our investigation into this case. If you have information that could help inform our investigation , please click the link below. All information submitted will remain anonymous unless you indicate otherwise.