NC Gymnastics Training Center Reassures Child Safety Members of USA Gymnastics Sexual Abuse Scandal

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GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Wednesday, some of the country’s top gymnasts testified at a Senate hearing regarding the FBI treatment of former US gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

Nassar was convicted and sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing over 150 girls and women in American gymnastics for more than a decade.

Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles was among the women who spoke this week, filled with emotion, declaring “enough is enough”. Biles shared the lasting impact that Nassar has created on all of their lives.

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“I don’t want another young gymnast, Olympian or any other individual to experience the horror that I and hundreds of others have endured before, during and today as a result of the abuse of Larry Nassir, “said Biles, overwhelmed with emotion.

This topic is now sparking conversations across our country on how to prevent sexual abuse. It’s something that no parent wants to have to deal with.

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Here in eastern North Carolina, Rose’s Gymnastics Training Center takes the time to reassure parents and their children that from the moment they walk through the gates of the facility and enter in May, it will be a safe place.

“It is a huge privilege for people to bring their children to you and entrust them to you,” said Jennifer Rainsberger, director of Rose’s Gym. “Some of these kids come here every day, straight from school for four hours.

“They are with us more than they see their parents because they go to school in the morning, they come here for four hours, then they come home, do their homework and go to bed. It is a huge responsibility and we take it seriously.

Rainsberger told 9OYS that long before Team USA made national headlines for this scandal, safety was and will continue to be a top priority in the gym. This is something that management does not take lightly.

“We’ve made sure that all of our staff are certified to play safe at this point and have their backgrounds checked, but that’s something we’ve always done,” said Rainsberger. “It’s just really important with what’s going on to make sure everyone you hire is on the right track. ”

As the hearing sheds light on the topic of sexual abuse in athletics, local gyms are ensuring their athletes are treated well and have the opportunity to grow in the sport.

“This program is super important,” Rainsberger said. “It’s like my heart and I want to make it grow and continue to provide quality gymnastics and enrichment to all the children of Greenville.”

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