Frequently Asked Questions

  1. You are being paid by the USOC. How can survivors be certain you are truly independent?

    Before we agreed to accept this assignment, we made sure our work would be completely independent from USOC, USAG and any other organization or individual. Our investigation has proceeded with complete independence. Specifically:

    • We have exclusive authority to direct and guide our fact-finding and to determine the content of our report.
    • We have broad access to USOC and USAG documents, witnesses and other information. We alone determine what is relevant to our investigation.
    • We will release the entirety of our report directly to the public.
    • We are not providing legal advice to USOC or USAG or acting as lawyers for either organization.
  2. What is the scope of the investigation?

    We are investigating “who knew what when” about Larry Nassar’s abuse and what was and was not done in response. We also are examining systemic deficiencies, failures of oversight and contributing cultural conditions that allowed Nassar’s abuse to occur and to continue over so many years.

  3. What exactly are you reviewing?

    Our investigative scope encompasses all relevant contributing conditions and factors. We have interviewed gymnasts as well as survivors of abuse in other sports. We have already reviewed more than one million documents, including reports, files, emails, notes and text messages. We also have interviewed over 60 individuals at the USOC and USAG, from the most senior leadership to junior employees. We are devoting the resources of our global firm and applying the investigative skills we developed as federal prosecutors to deeply and meticulously investigate this critical matter.

  4. Have you reached out directly to survivors to ask for their participation in the investigation?

    We would very much like to speak with as many survivors as possible. However, we understand that survivors may find a direct and unsolicited contact from us to be an unwelcome intrusion. In addition, many survivors are represented by counsel and we are respectful of those relationships. We have therefore created this website and published an Open Letter to survivors in USA Today and Inside Gymnastics to make certain we have the benefit of the voice and perspective of every survivor who is interested in speaking with us, including those who wish to remain anonymous.

  5. How can people reach you?

    If you wish to provide information relevant to the independent investigation, please contact us by email at nassarinvestigation@ropesgray.com or by phone at (833) 458-8316. A member of our investigative team will arrange to speak with you, together with your attorney if you prefer, at a time and place of your choosing. Our team would also be happy to speak with you or your attorney to answer any questions you may have.

  6. What if it is just too painful to dredge up these traumatic memories?

    We respect how difficult it is to talk about such painful events. If you need to talk with a trained support specialist, RAINN (The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is available to provide information and crisis intervention services to any survivor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. RAINN can be reached confidentially at (800) 656-4673 or online.rainn.org.

  7. Can my lawyer be present for the interview?

    Yes, you are welcome to have legal counsel attend the interview if you choose.

  8. Why should I participate?

    Our goal is to produce a definitive account of what went wrong so that such an outrage never happens again. Our report will benefit greatly from the voices, perspectives and experiences of survivors.

  9. What will be included in the final report?

    We have full authority to determine what will be included. Our report will include not only detailed findings related to “who knew what when” and what was and was not done in response, but also the circumstances that enabled Nassar’s abuse to occur and to continue for such an extended period of time. We will directly issue our report to the public in its entirety. We respect the rights of all survivors to remain anonymous.

  10. When do you expect to complete the investigation and release the report? How will it be made available?

    Our priority is to conduct an independent investigation that is complete and definitive. We also want to make sure survivors have adequate time to come forward and speak with us. Therefore, we have not set a definitive time frame for when the investigation will conclude, but we expect to release our report before the end of 2018. The report will be made public in its entirety on our website, nassarinvestigation.com, when it is finalized.

  11. What is your ultimate goal?

    Our mission is to issue an unvarnished and definitive report that addresses individual and institutional accountability for personal and systemic failures and helps ensure that such an outrage never happens again.

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