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In just a few short weeks, there has been an avalanche of high-profile individuals being accused of — or on trial for — child sex abuse. Yet most people wouldn’t know anything about it from the mainstream media. Church Militant’s Nadia Hazimeh shares just a few cases that are being swept under the rug.
On Monday, USA Gymnastics, more than 500 victims of the Olympic staff and Lawrence Nassar, the former national gymnastics team doctor, reached a settlement of $380 million.
McKayla Maroney: “The first thing Larry Nassar ever said to me was to ‘change into shorts with no underwear,’ because that would make it easier for him to work on me.”
This trial, like Ghislaine Maxwell’s, has received little reporting. When the Olympic victims shared their testimonies, and the FBI was being exposed at the end of the summer for poor investigation, their air time was swept away by the Gabby Petito case.
Thursday, about two weeks into the Maxwell trial, The Atlantic published a piece titled “The Great (Fake) Child Sex-Trafficking Epidemic” as part of its conspiracy theory project.
Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Steve Jobs, owns the Atlantic and is a major donor to the Democratic Party.
In the first days of December, BuzzFeed dropped a bombshell about the CIA having 14 years’ worth of evidence of employees committing sexual crimes against children. The worst the predators got was being fired; only one was charged with a crime.
And the YouTube channel People v. Preds exposed PlayStation’s senior vice president trying to arrange a meeting with a 15-year-old boy. Sony fired him soon after.
A topic the media has been forced to discuss this weekend: CNN producer, John Griffin, was charged with three counts of attempting to entice minors to engage in sexual activity.
He has worked “shoulder to shoulder” with ex-anchor Chris Cuomo, himself accused of sexual misconduct. Observers are saying more dominoes are likely to fall soon.
And Monday, one insurer of Boy Scouts of America has agreed to contribute $800 million to Boy Scout sex abuse victims. This brings the total settlement to $2.6 billion, the largest ever.