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“I truly wonder how many parents don’t…

“I truly wonder how many parents don’t publicly blame the coaches for not protecting their kids from Nassar because they still don’t want to make waves and damage their kid’s career.”

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“It seems that you want me to comment on an unstable persons (sic) Facebook comment – I don’t really understand your question. … my suggestion is to call some of his other partners …”

Tara Modlin, Coughlin’s agent who called Bridget Namiotka “unstable,” said you should ask his other partners about their experiences with him, & had extra red hats for anyone who wanted to support him at Nationals, is also a coach at Ice House in NJ. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/92e035_25825875d54d4860ab035aaf85ac25ef.pdf

As a coach, she is a member of USFSA and PSA. Imo she, Dalilah Sappenfield, Nina Edmunds, and other coaches should be investigated by Safesport for their actions towards Coughlin’s victims.

Tara Modlin also had a 9/11 charity and skating show, yet no money was given to 9/11 victims.

BTW Ice House in NJ is also where Tara’s husband, Craig Maurizi, is the skating director. Other coaches at Ice Works are … Nikolai Morozov and Andrew Lavrik.

Tara Modlin’s husband, Craig Maurizi, is a survivor who came forward about Richard Callaghan in 1999.

Bridget Namiotka is actually represented by the same attorney as Craig Maurizi. Their attorney is John Manly, who also represents many of Nassar’s survivors. Manly has also said that he represents two other women who say they were sexually abused by Coughlin when they were minors.

USFSA dismissed Craig’s sexual abuse claims about Callaghan back in 1999 because it wasn’t filed within the required 60 days of the alleged improper conduct. In January 2018, Craig filed a Safesport report about Callaghan and Callaghan was FINALLY given a provisional suspension in March 2018. Craig was also one of the athletes and survivors that spoke to Senate urging them to investigate USOC’s handling of sexual abuse allegations in April 2018. He also criticized Safe Sport after Coughlin’s death for the handling of both the Callaghan and Coughlin cases.

“Is SafeSport cleaning up the sport? I’d have to say my answer, generally speaking, is yes,” said Craig Maurizi, a longtime coach and the director of figure skating at the Ice House training center in Hackensack, N.J., said on Sunday. “I think the mechanism is making people think twice before they act.”

At the same time, Maurizi criticized SafeSport for the manner in which it was adjudicating a high-profile case involving him that has been going on for two decades.

Meanwhile, it is now nearly a year after Maurizi’s complaint was resubmitted, but the case has yet to be fully resolved.

“Are they dragging their feet?” Maurizi said of SafeSport. “Absolutely.”

Maurizi, whose wife, Tara Modlin, was Coughlin’s agent, also questioned whether due process was being fairly granted to all parties in cases investigated by SafeSport. “It’s such mixed emotions and mixed feelings, given the situation with my friend who felt he didn’t have due process and was not given an opportunity to voice his side,” Maurizi said of Coughlin.

The wildest thing to me is that Craig Maurizi, Bridget Namiotka, and two other Coughlin survivors have the same lawyer, John Manly… Yet Craig Maurizi and Tara Modlin basically support John Coughlin because he was their friend even though Craig Maurizi is a survivor of Richard Callaghan…

Back in 1999 when Craig first came forward about his allegations against Callaghan, he said a coach should never have any sexual relationship with their students no matter the age or gender. Yet he employs Morozov who has multiple high profile relationships with students…

Andrew Lavrik was also a coach at Ice House… He was arrested for having a sexual relationship with a 16 year old female student…

Tony Wheeler, who runs Skate Talk Online, also said on FSU that Tara Modlin and Craig Maurizi tried to contact Coughlin’s accusers right after his suicide…

I also took a look at Craig’s twitter and hmm. He has two retweets supporting Coughlin. But he also replied to Christine Brennan’s tweet criticizing USFSA’s statement for not mentioning Bridget criticizing USFSA for not mentioning him or the many victims of abuse that have come forward either…

Omg the hypocrisy of her Facebook… Tara talks about “fighting for the safety of young athletes,” yet she has so many glowing posts about John and said Bridget was unstable

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illyria-and-her-pet:

“It seems that you want me to comment on an unstable persons (sic) Facebook comment – I don’t really understand your question. … my suggestion is to call some of his other partners …”

Tara Modlin, Coughlin’s agent who called Bridget Namiotka “unstable,” said you should ask his other partners about their experiences with him, & had extra red hats for anyone who wanted to support him at Nationals, is also a coach at Ice House in NJ. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/92e035_25825875d54d4860ab035aaf85ac25ef.pdf

As a coach, she is a member of USFSA and PSA. Imo she, Dalilah Sappenfield, Nina Edmunds, and other coaches should be investigated by Safesport for their actions towards Coughlin’s victims.

Tara Modlin also had a 9/11 charity and skating show, yet no money was given to 9/11 victims.

BTW Ice House in NJ is also where Tara’s husband, Craig Maurizi, is the skating director. Other coaches at Ice Works are … Nikolai Morozov and Andrew Lavrik.

Tara Modlin’s husband, Craig Maurizi, is a survivor who came forward about Richard Callaghan in 1999.

Bridget Namiotka is actually represented by the same attorney as Craig Maurizi. Their attorney is John Manly, who also represents many of Nassar’s survivors. Manly has also said that he represents two other women who say they were sexually abused by Coughlin when they were minors.

USFSA dismissed Craig’s sexual abuse claims about Callaghan back in 1999 because it wasn’t filed within the required 60 days of the alleged improper conduct. In January 2018, Craig filed a Safesport report about Callaghan and Callaghan was FINALLY given a provisional suspension in March 2018. Craig was also one of the athletes and survivors that spoke to Senate urging them to investigate USOC’s handling of sexual abuse allegations in April 2018. He also criticized Safe Sport after Coughlin’s death for the handling of both the Callaghan and Coughlin cases.

“Is SafeSport cleaning up the sport? I’d have to say my answer, generally speaking, is yes,” said Craig Maurizi, a longtime coach and the director of figure skating at the Ice House training center in Hackensack, N.J., said on Sunday. “I think the mechanism is making people think twice before they act.”

At the same time, Maurizi criticized SafeSport for the manner in which it was adjudicating a high-profile case involving him that has been going on for two decades.

Meanwhile, it is now nearly a year after Maurizi’s complaint was resubmitted, but the case has yet to be fully resolved.

“Are they dragging their feet?” Maurizi said of SafeSport. “Absolutely.”

Maurizi, whose wife, Tara Modlin, was Coughlin’s agent, also questioned whether due process was being fairly granted to all parties in cases investigated by SafeSport. “It’s such mixed emotions and mixed feelings, given the situation with my friend who felt he didn’t have due process and was not given an opportunity to voice his side,” Maurizi said of Coughlin.

The wildest thing to me is that Craig Maurizi, Bridget Namiotka, and two other Coughlin survivors have the same lawyer, John Manly… Yet Craig Maurizi and Tara Modlin basically support John Coughlin because he was their friend even though Craig Maurizi is a survivor of Richard Callaghan…

Back in 1999 when Craig first came forward about his allegations against Callaghan, he said a coach should never have any sexual relationship with their students no matter the age or gender. Yet he employs Morozov who has multiple high profile relationships with students…

Andrew Lavrik was also a coach at Ice House… He was arrested for having a sexual relationship with a 16 year old female student…

Tony Wheeler, who runs Skate Talk Online, also said on FSU that Tara Modlin and Craig Maurizi tried to contact Coughlin’s accusers right after his suicide…

I also took a look at Craig’s twitter and hmm. He has two retweets supporting Coughlin. But he also replied to Christine Brennan’s tweet criticizing USFSA’s statement for not mentioning Bridget criticizing USFSA for not mentioning him or the many victims of abuse that have come forward either…

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“It seems that you want me to comment on an unstable persons (sic) Facebook comment – I don’t really understand your question. … my suggestion is to call some of his other partners …”

Tara Modlin, Coughlin’s agent who called Bridget Namiotka “unstable,” said you should ask his other partners about their experiences with him, & had extra red hats for anyone who wanted to support him at Nationals, is also a coach at Ice House in NJ. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/92e035_25825875d54d4860ab035aaf85ac25ef.pdf

As a coach, she is a member of USFSA and PSA. Imo she, Dalilah Sappenfield, Nina Edmunds, and other coaches should be investigated by Safesport for their actions towards Coughlin’s victims.

Tara Modlin also had a 9/11 charity and skating show, yet no money was given to 9/11 victims.

BTW Ice House in NJ is also where Tara’s husband, Craig Maurizi, is the skating director. Other coaches at Ice Works are … Nikolai Morozov and Andrew Lavrik.

Tara Modlin’s husband, Craig Maurizi, is a survivor who came forward about Richard Callaghan in 1999.

Bridget Namiotka is actually represented by the same attorney as Craig Maurizi. Their attorney is John Manly, who also represents many of Nassar’s survivors. Manly has also said that he represents two other women who say they were sexually abused by Coughlin when they were minors.

USFSA dismissed Craig’s sexual abuse claims about Callaghan back in 1999 because it wasn’t filed within the required 60 days of the alleged improper conduct. In January 2018, Craig filed a Safesport report about Callaghan and Callaghan was FINALLY given a provisional suspension in March 2018. Craig was also one of the athletes and survivors that spoke to Senate urging them to investigate USOC’s handling of sexual abuse allegations in April 2018. He also criticized Safe Sport after Coughlin’s death for the handling of both the Callaghan and Coughlin cases.

“Is SafeSport cleaning up the sport? I’d have to say my answer, generally speaking, is yes,” said Craig Maurizi, a longtime coach and the director of figure skating at the Ice House training center in Hackensack, N.J., said on Sunday. “I think the mechanism is making people think twice before they act.”

At the same time, Maurizi criticized SafeSport for the manner in which it was adjudicating a high-profile case involving him that has been going on for two decades.

Meanwhile, it is now nearly a year after Maurizi’s complaint was resubmitted, but the case has yet to be fully resolved.

“Are they dragging their feet?” Maurizi said of SafeSport. “Absolutely.”

Maurizi, whose wife, Tara Modlin, was Coughlin’s agent, also questioned whether due process was being fairly granted to all parties in cases investigated by SafeSport. “It’s such mixed emotions and mixed feelings, given the situation with my friend who felt he didn’t have due process and was not given an opportunity to voice his side,” Maurizi said of Coughlin.

The wildest thing to me is that Craig Maurizi, Bridget Namiotka, and two other Coughlin survivors have the same lawyer, John Manly… Yet Craig Maurizi and Tara Modlin basically support John Coughlin because he was their friend even though Craig Maurizi is a survivor of Richard Callaghan…

Back in 1999 when Craig first came forward about his allegations against Callaghan, he said a coach should never have any sexual relationship with their students no matter the age or gender. Yet he employs Morozov who has multiple high profile relationships with students…

Andrew Lavrik was also a coach at Ice House… He was arrested for having a sexual relationship with a 16 year old female student…

Former figure skater says she was abused by pa…

Former figure skater says she was abused by partner who killed himself: undefined

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OK so since everyone seems to take their fucking information from social media, here’s me citing sources from reputable news sources and providing photos making a complete fucking timeline of what happened because apparently everyone’s so ‘confused’ about the Depp-Heard case. I’m also going to include some background as well. This is going to be long, full warning. Trigger warning for discussion of domestic abuse and abuse, many of these news sources describe the abuse in full detail:

Keep reading

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i finished the leaving neverland documentary and i’m so heartbroken. i don’t understand how anyone can say wade and james are lying with all the photos, videos, phone calls, faxes, letters, notes, jewelry, etc. shown in the documentary. also mj had an alarm when anyone got close to his room (malcaulay culkin who defends mj even confirmed this in the 2005 trial), had creepy NAMBLA books (legal books that are considered “art” but have photos of naked young boys), and at the very least slept was a grown man who slept in the same bed as young boys and had very inappropriate relationships with them where he would basically discard them when they grew older and get a new younger boy as his new favorite. 

for me the most heartbreaking part was

wade & james’ experiences during the 2005 gavin arvizo trial. james told mj he wouldn’t testify & then mj got angry at him & told him he had the best lawyers in the world who could destroy him. then mj apologized & was like i’m sorry for not being there for u, we should direct a movie together. james still refused to testify & that was the last time they ever talked. 

wade told mj he didn’t want to testify or be a part of the trial, but mj told him he understands the media circus is hard, but he can’t let them destroy

“us.” then wade told his mom that he didn’t want to testify & that she shouldn’t either because he didn’t want to be a part of it. wade’s mom said that she asked him now that he was 21 again (she also asked when was 11 during 1993 trial) as an adult if he had

been abused and wade looked her in the eye & told her no. then wade’s mom told him that he should testify for mj because mj was his friend, he and malcauay culkin were the only two people in the world who could save him, and mj wouldn’t survive in prison.

then wade started having nightmares of mj being killed in prison & he also had dinner with his family & mj & mj’s kids at neverland. he saw how paris, mj’s daughter, was clinging on to mj & trying to get her dad’s attention. he was thinking about if it was one

of the last times mj’s kids would ever see their dad. and now his conviction grew to save mj no matter what, so he wouldn’t go to jail. like in the trial one of mj’s former maids, who’s own son was also abused by mj :(, said that she saw wade in the shower  together. wade denied it tho and testified for hours in defense of mj. and mj ended up being acquitted and wade says he remembered being so happy. 🙁 now he wishes it could have been different & that he processed the abuse & could have been there for gavin when he was 22 and jordan when he was 11.

also it’s so heartbreaking to me that wade’s mom encouraged him to testify in the trial & she STILL won’t listen to details of the abuse he suffered. she had dan (the director) skip over the details when she was shown the documentary because it would give HER

nightmares. 

and at the end with statements from james’ mom and wade’s mom there’s such a big contrast in how they react. james’ mom said that she had one job as a mom to protect her only child and she fucked up and failed. she said that some of the best years

of her life were built on the suffering of her son and she will never forgive herself for it. she said that michael ruined her son’s life and ruined her life. and that he was a pedophile and that says it all. 

wade’s mom tho said that maybe she can forgive mj if

she knew he was sick, but she will never forgive herself for not protecting her own child & that she doesn’t know what she could have done differently, but whatever it is she would have done it. like she still doesn’t know? she could have not let wade & his

sister sleep in the same room as mj literally the first day they were at neverland. she could have not left wade alone with mj for an entire week while the rest of the family went on a trip to the grand canyon. she could have not told wade to testify for mj???

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i’m really upset rn after clicking on the leaving neverland tag since it was the top trend on twitter. it was a mistake. even the most woke people will never stop defending mj even tho at the very least a grown man was having sleepovers with young boys. anyways fuck all the abusive & predatory celebs & their defenders. 

any grown men who were involved with minors can choke! any predators can choke! any abusive people can choke! that goes for the legends alive or dead in music, movies, or sports too!

fuck michael jackson, prince, david bowie, john lennon, james brown, marvin gaye, ike turner, r. kelly, chris brown, kobe bryant, elvis presley, jimmy page, woody allen, sean penn, christiano ronaldo, kevin spacey, bryan singer, harvey weinstein, terrance howard, gary oldman, terry richardson, johnny depp, roman polanski, casey affleck, nick carter, xxxtenatacion, p. diddy, tupac, etc. 

i don’t care if any of their creepy cult like stans come after me! stop supporting trash! don’t separate ~art from the artist! in some cases it’s impossible cause it shows up in their work! and if u MUST listen to their music or whatever do it illegally! don’t give them money!

Gymnasts Describe Emotional and Physical Abuse…

Gymnasts Describe Emotional and Physical Abuse by a Prominent Coach:

Practices at Everest Gymnastics in North Carolina, one of the sport’s top training centers, often began with Coach Qi Han calling out which of the girls, including some as young as 9, would be placed in the “fat group.”

Those gymnasts were assigned extra workouts to lose weight, four gymnasts who trained with Han within the past six years said, but they didn’t dare complain. They tried not to cry, and if they did, the gymnasts said, Han might call them stupid and unworthy of his attention. Or he might throw a shoe or a cellphone at them. Or angrily shove them off a high bar as he stood on a raised platform.

Han would lose his temper nearly every day, keeping his athletes on edge as they wondered when — and how — he would explode, the gymnasts said.

Parents were rarely around. They had been barred from practices.

Last month, Ashton Locklear, 20, a member of the national gymnastics team, told The New York Times that Han had verbally abused her — a pattern that escalated to an incident in which he threw a cellphone at her. She left the gym earlier this year.

Since then, four other former Everest gymnasts have come forward with similar accusations, describing patterns of emotional and physical abuse that have been overshadowed in the sport by concerns about sexual abuse, which have come to widespread attention in recent years.

The growing awareness of abuse in the sport was prompted by the conviction of Lawrence G. Nassar, the former national team doctor for U.S.A. Gymnastics, who was accused of sexually abusing more than 150 gymnasts. He was sentenced in January to 40 to 175 years in prison.

Han is not accused of sexual abuse.

Still, the former Everest gymnasts said his treatment of them went beyond the hard-charging style typical of many coaches in the sport, with devastating consequences.

Two parents of former Everest gymnasts and Monica Avery, a coach and gym owner in North Carolina, also reached out to The Times, saying they had reported Han’s abuse to U.S.A. Gymnastics years ago, with no apparent consequences for him.

Han immediately cut off a phone call from a Times reporter last week, and did not return voice or text messages that informed him of the accusations against him.

In a statement released Friday, Everest Gymnastics said, “We do not tolerate abuse of any kind in our facility.”

“If any credible abuse allegations exist,’’ the statement said, “Everest Gymnastics encourages those parties to contact U.S.A. Gymnastics.”

The four gymnasts who came forward — Taylor Laymon, who attended the University of Pittsburgh on a full gymnastics scholarship; Allee George, a four-time all-around state champion who said she quit the sport because of Han’s behavior; and two other gymnasts, who asked to remain anonymous because they still compete and fear retribution — said they carried emotional scars from Han’s mistreatment.

“Han would kind of brainwash you into thinking all of his weird ways of disciplining you were normal, like when he would stretch your shoulders past your breaking point until you screamed, but still wouldn’t stop,” George, now a professional dancer, said. “Once you’re in there, it’s hard to get out and it’s kind of hard to explain. The people he coaches turn out to be good gymnasts. But they don’t turn out mentally good.”

Han, 47, grew up in China and as a child was chosen to train for gymnastics, becoming a member of the national team. He opened the Everest gym in 2004 with his wife, Yiwen Chen, also a former member of China’s national team. Their gym has placed two athletes on the United States senior national team.

The former Everest gymnasts said they knew Han could make them great because of his technical expertise. They had dreams of earning scholarships to compete in college, or of making the Olympics. So enduring his wrath seemed worth it.

Yet now they are reassessing their choices and are certain they would not have worked with him if given a chance to do things over.

“Han would say all of these negative things to you, like you’re uncoachable and you don’t deserve a college scholarship, and you’d hear it so much as a kid that you’d start to believe you’re worthless,” said Laymon, who graduated from Pittsburgh last spring with a degree in psychology and sociology and is now a teacher in Chicago.

“He could pretty much do whatever he wanted in the gym because nobody was watching,” she added.

Laymon said that for years she had considered going public with her accusations against Han so she could spare young girls, but that she was always afraid that somehow he would find a way to retaliate.

When Locklear publicly announced last month that she had been molested by Nassar and then detailed allegations of abuse by Han, Laymon realized she needed to open up about Han as well. There was so much at stake, she said, because abusive coaches can scare girls into silence, making them more vulnerable to sexual predators.

Han’s demeanor is not uncommon in elite gymnastics, said Avery, a coach who owns Osega Gymnastics outside Asheville, N.C., with her husband, Miles Avery, a four-time Olympic coach and member of the U.S.A. Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

“I’ve seen grown men and women witness something like that at a meet and pretend that nothing is happening,” Monica Avery said. “I bet these same people would get their dogs’ hair cut at a groomer and if it’s not cut just right, they’d complain and complain. But they let their kids get treated like that and do nothing? It’s crazy.”

Monica Avery said she filed a formal complaint about Han with U.S.A. Gymnastics in 2016 after she witnessed him kicking a gymnast who had been injured at a competition in Texas. She said she had been unable to learn exactly what had become of the complaint.

“People have knowledge of Han’s behavior, but have chosen to do nothing,” she said, adding: “This has to go further. We have to protect kids.”

After she filed the complaint, it would have been handled, according to the federation, by U.S.A. Gymnastics’ member misconduct committee and the executive office, which included the president, Steve Penny. Penny resigned under pressure in 2017 over the way he handled the Nassar sex abuse case.

U.S.A. Gymnastics on Thursday confirmed that in 2017 it forwarded a complaint about Han to the United States Center for SafeSport, which is responsible for investigating abuse claims in Olympic sports. SafeSport assumed jurisdiction over the case to prevent a conflict of interest for U.S.A. Gymnastics because Han was coaching Locklear, a national team member at the time.

Avery followed up that complaint with emails in 2017 and early 2018 to an investigator at SafeSport, but the investigator told her only that the lawyers were considering what to do in the case, according to an email exchange in January.

A spokesman for SafeSport, Dan Hill, said that the organization was not obliged to give updates about cases to any reporting parties and that it never discussed whether a case was under investigation.

Locklear and one of the gymnasts who did not want her name published said Han’s abuse left them contemplating suicide. Both said they struggle with eating disorders and body-image issues that started when they were at Everest.

“I remember wishing our car would wreck on the way to practice or hoping I wouldn’t wake up the next day,” said the gymnast who requested anonymity. “Or being in the shower and holding my breath as the water ran over me until I passed out.”

“Coaches have so much power,” she added, “power over college scholarships and Olympic dreams — too much power.”

Sam Cerio, a gymnast on a full athletic scholarship at Auburn, recently confirmed that Han once hit her on the head with such force that he left a handprint on her face. She declined to elaborate on the incident, which occurred in 2012 during her freshman year of high school.

Laymon, the former gymnast at Pittsburgh, said she saw Han hit Cerio. She said that, and Han’s routine abuse, had traumatized her and led to her leaving Everest.

Terri Laymon, Taylor’s mother and a gymnastics judge, said she then filed a disciplinary complaint on behalf of her daughter and her daughter’s teammates — who were all minors — with U.S.A. Gymnastics, telling the federation what Han had done to Cerio. As a judge, she said she felt it was her ethical duty to report the incident, and she forwarded her letter to other Everest parents, asking for signatures of support.

But no other parents would confirm that Han had slapped Cerio. Han denied abusing Cerio or any other gymnast, Terri Laymon said, and threatened to sue her for slander, libel and defamation of character.

Taylor Laymon said she refused to speak to U.S.A. Gymnastics investigators because she was terrified that Han would find out. Other parents at Everest began attacking Terri Laymon and issuing appeals for support of Han, writing in one email that Terri Laymon’s accusations “will only hurt our girls’ future in gymnastics if she is allowed to continue.”

Cerio’s parents regret what they did next. They sided with Han.

The parents, Becky and Mike Cerio, said they were telling their story now as a cautionary tale about nonsexual abuse in the sport. They said they had initially confronted Han and that he had told Mike Cerio that the contact was “just a tap that didn’t hurt her.”

Han then threatened to bar Sam from the gym if the Cerios did not deny the incident, Mike Cerio said.

The Cerios recalled their thought process at the time: It was a serious recruiting season for Sam, and changing gyms would raise red flags with college coaches. Han had coached Sam since she was 5 and he had taken her far, within reach of a full ride at a college with a highly regarded gymnastics program. Becky Cerio worked at the gym, and the family needed that money.

They just had to get through a few more months with Han, they reasoned then, and then they could walk away.

So they signed a letter Han had asked them to write, addressed only “to whom it may concern,” disputing Terri Laymon’s complaint. The Cerios said they assumed it had been forwarded to U.S.A. Gymnastics.

“We felt like we had no choice,” Mike Cerio said, adding that they “tried to be vague” in the letter’s wording.

Terri Laymon’s complaint died right there.

“U.S.A.G. said they couldn’t do anything unless I witnessed it or someone else makes a complaint,” Terri Laymon said in a phone interview this month. “Even though all the girls who saw it happen were minors, nothing could be done unless they gave a report. And they were all too terrified of Han to do anything.”

Other complaints about Han appear just as doomed.

Locklear’s mother, Carrie, said she had reported Han’s abuse of Ashton to top U.S.A. Gymnastics officials. She told them how Han had dismissed Ashton from the gym again and again, how he had belittled her and monitored her eating so closely that she did not want to eat anything at all — or would eat too much, and then purge. Ashton, she said, became emotionally fragile because of Han.

Carrie Locklear said she had a follow-up conversation with the U.S. Center for SafeSport in March and subsequently spoke to an investigator. She has not heard anything from SafeSport since.

Ashton Locklear, who is training in Texas and working to make the 2020 Olympic team, said she hoped more gymnasts would stand up to reveal abusers. If not now, as gymnastics officials are calling for a sea change to the entire culture of the sport, then when?

“It’s gone on for way too long,” she said.

Diego Hypolito revela que sofria bullying pesa…

Diego Hypolito revela que sofria bullying pesado na infância e técnicos sabiam:

“Diego Hypólito in an interview with TV Globo reveals that he regularly endured hazing and bullying in his early years at Club Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro. He started gymnastics in 1993 and trained at Flamengo until 2009.

Incidents of hazing include trying to pick up batteries with his anus to put in a shoe (sometimes lubricated with toothpaste) when he was around 10-11 years old competing at his first Brazilian Championships. He had a seizure and couldn’t finish the ’test’.

He’s also become claustrophobic because when he was young, older coaches often put him and younger gymnasts between board covers if they made mistakes in training. Hypólito says it felt like being in a coffin. As a result, he’s paranoid of enclosed spaces.

He never told his parents about any of this until the news of Fernando Lopes’ abuse became known.” –papaliukin