New program seeks to 'eradicate child sexual abuse in the sport of gymnastics'

Larry Nassar walks to the podium with attorneys Matt Newburg, left, and, Shannon Smith during his sentencing hearing Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — There's a new effort to protect gymnasts and athletes from abuse in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.

The Athlete Assistance Fund is partnering with the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

The groups will work together to create a program to provide sexual abuse prevention training to athletes, coaches and parents.

The director for the NYSPCC says this will help ensure the widespread abuse seen during Nassar's time at USA Gymnastics doesn't happen again.

"We want to eradicate child sexual abuse in the sport of gymnastics. We want to make it safe. It's about hearing the voices of the concerned children and hearing the voices of the concerned parents, and then incorporating that into the training so that it's the soundest training we can have so that it doesn't happen again," said Dr. Mary Pulido.

The Athlete Assistance Fund was set up to help the 100-plus athletes who were abused by Larry Nassar. The former Team USA doctor is likely spending the rest of his life in prison.

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