Top USA Swimming officials are under fire for what critics say was a culture of sexual abuse that was allowed to persist for decades unchecked.
A stunning new investigative report first published in the Orange County Register found that since 1997, more than 250 coaches and officials were either arrested, charged or disciplined by USA Swimming for sexual abuse or misconduct.
The paper — citing, documents, interviews with abuse survivors, former Olympians, USA Swimming officials and others — claims that there are at least 590 victims. According to the report, the organization’s top brass was aware of the problem, but did little, if anything, to stop it.
USA Swimming’s president and CEO, Tim Hinchey, publicly reacted to the report, writing in part, “While we disagree on several of the reported statements and many of the conclusions in recent media reports, members were failed, and we are doing everything we can to make sure it never happens again.”