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Water’s Not Fine For USA Divers *Open Thread*

July 19, 2018

I checked into one of my regular news sites (Daily Wire) like I always do only to be met by a disturbing story. It should have been at the top of the news cycle, but wasn’t thanks to Democrats, the media, and some Republicans losing their minds over a misstatement by Trump (though they couldn’t be bothered to be, well, bothered by the many INTENTIONAL statements Obama made – whatever).

Once again, it seems the athletes chosen to represent the United States of America have been abused by someone they should have been able to trust – their coach. What makes it even worse, it appears their coach was enabled by those charged with overseeing him. That would be USA Diving, the coach is Will Bohonyi, and two former divers have filed a lawsuit. I warn you, this is disturbing. From Daily Wire:

Two female divers claim they were preyed upon by Bohonyi and forced into frequently engaging in sex acts with him, according to a class action lawsuit filed against the organization last week. The USA Diving’s national governing body has been accused of ignoring and enabling the alleged sex abuse that occurred on their watch.

“This is just the beginning for USA Diving,” said attorney Jon Little, adding that it’s “worse than gymnastics, worse than swimming.” Little says other allegedly victimized divers have come forward too.

Bohonyi allegedly “demanded oral sex” from one diver in 2009 while she was at Indiana University. “He made clear to (the woman) that this exchange was required for him to continue coaching her as part of USA Diving,” the suit claims. Bohonyi allegedly forced her to engage in “at least one sexual act a day while he was acting as her coach” and made her “text him sexually explicit photos of herself.”

“You owe me this,” the alleged victim claims she was frequently told, per the suit.

Holy smokes, if this is worse than Gymnastics and what happened to those HUNDREDS of girls and young women, as well as our Swimmers,  that is saying something. And if the above is any indication, it seems pretty damn bad.

Oh – in case you haven’t heard about what has happened to hundreds of US Swimmers, there is this from CNN:

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. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Holy CRAP. What in the WORLD is going on here?? How has this level of abuse been allowed to happen, much less continue? For DECADES?? This is outrageous. Just outrageous.

Oh, but wait – there is more about this Diving coach” (read: sexual predator). Back to Daily Wire:

The other female diver, then a member of the Ohio State University Diving Club, says Bohonyi began to sexually abuse her when she was just 16 years old, in 2014. She was “psychologically coerced” into “believing she was required to perform sexual services in exchange for her continued involvement in diving,” says the suit.

“He preyed on her age, vulnerability, and dreams of becoming an Olympian and used the power structure and imbalance of power (coach/athlete) to make her believe she was required to sexually service him in exchange for her involvement in diving for Team USA,” the lawsuit claims.

A teammate of the underage diver reported the abuse in 2014 after seeing messages on the girl’s phone.

“Immediately upon learning of the allegations regarding a dive club member in 2014 against Will Bohonyi, the university placed him on administrative leave and opened an administrative investigation,” said Ohio State University in a statement. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

So what did USA Diving do? Not a whole helluva lot, that’s what. Still. According to the article, the coach was doing some coaching on a community level as well as with divers representing the USA recently.

How do those people still have a job if they are unwilling or incapable of holding this predator accountable for his actions? Good GRIEF.

How does this keep happening? How are these coaches so enabled by the very people who are supposed to provide oversight? This is just appalling. Just like the US Gymnasts, and the US Swimmers, our US Divers deserve so much better than this, especially with all they sacrifice to represent our nation. Enough is enough already – hold these people accountable and charge them accordingly.

Before I go, I want to leave you with this informational video on – naturally – horses. I felt after a post like this, we could all use a palate cleanser:

Horses really are amazing, and their incredible memories for what they have been taught is precisely why mini-horses make such fantastic service animals. They are long-lived, and they don’t forget what they have been taught. And they are unbelievably adorable. So there is that…

That’s it for me, friends. What is on your minds today? Feel free to discuss any of the above, or whatever else is happening in the world.

This is an Open Thread.