Angelina Jolie is showing her support for McKayla Maroney , Aly Raisman and those who testified at this week’s Senate hearing on the FBI’s handling of the Larry Nassar investigation.
On Thursday, the actress and director, 46, shared a photo of herself posing with some of the former and current athletes who appeared at the hearing to share their stories, including Maroney, Raisman, Maggie Nichols, Kaylee Lorincz, and Jessica Howard.
"I was honored to meet with some of the brave US gymnasts who appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday," Jolie captioned the picture on her Instagram. "I’m in awe of their courage and commitment to preventing future failures to investigate abuse."
"As Aly Raisman said in her testimony, ‘Over 100 victims could have been spared the abuse. All we needed was one adult to do the right thing.’ Sending support and respect to them, and to all who are reliving this trauma so that system reforms can occur," she continued. Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie/Instagram
Jolie added that she was able to meet with the women as she was on Capitol Hill " engaging with Senators on the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization and FBI reforms, including better protections for abused children, non-biased forensic evidence collection, trauma care, and judicial training."
She ended her post with the hashtag "#StopViolenceAgainstWomen." In January 2018, Nassar, who was the former doctor for USA Gymnastics (USAG), was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison , after more than 150 women and girls claimed he sexually abused them over a 20-year span.
A Senate hearing was held on Wednesday regarding the Justice Department Inspector General report that said the FBI failed to properly respond to the 2015 sexual abuse allegations against Nassar in their investigation.