‘You owe me this’: USA Diving accused of ignoring alleged sexual abuse of divers
A class action lawsuit against Indianapolis-based USA Diving accuses the national governing body of ignoring or obstructing sexual abuse allegations, and the lawyer says the organization is “worse than gymnastics, worse than swimming.”
Indy-based USA Gymnastics has been in turmoil since an IndyStar investigation that started in 2016.
A former Olympic swimmer sued USA Swimming in May, bringing renewed attention on sexual abuse in that sport.
The diving lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court last week, describes the now-familiar dynamic of a coach-athlete power imbalance leading to sexual abuse.
Two former divers are named in the lawsuit accusing coach Will Bohonyi, a former Indiana University diver, of coercing and forcing them into frequent sex. IndyStar typically does not name alleged sexual assault victims.