This is incredibly brave!
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So, how many stories like these need to come forward before we start choosing who should be coaching our kids??
That's something we should be doing, regardless!
Add this to the reasons why: Seven former students of famed gymnastics coach Doug Boger have come forward with claims of sexual and physical abuse.
Anne Laver says he raped her when she was 11, and Charmine Carnes said he burned her with a cigarette. Sabrina Mar and Julie Whitman both claim violent physical abuse.
The gross and shocking cherry on the top? This isn't the first time he's been accused: He was charged but acquitted in 1982 on child abuse and battery charges.
Whitman is the one who decided to finally bring it all to light — about six years ago.
Here's what she said:
"I just kept seeing his name and seeing his name and I thought to myself, I can't let this man continue coaching."
Then, in 2008, she finally contacted the USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny. He told her to see if former teammates would come forward too — and they did. They wrote letters detailing the abuse. This led to an official investigation that ended in 2010.
They put Boger on its permanently ineligible coaches list. That means he cannot coach at a USA Gymnastics member gym, though he still can at a non-affiliated gym… which he does. A gym that's owned by a man once convicted of a sex offense involving a gymnast.
Mar had this to say:
"That really made me angry, made me livid. That someone like that, with such a history of abuse can still be able to coach in this field of gymnastics."
We understand your anger — but why stop at just being able to still coach? Why isn't this (alleged) monster in jail??
Boger claims he has done nothing wrong. Of course.