Senate set to pass bill in response to sports doctor scandal

Nassar survivors at the US Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Senate is poised to respond to the sex abuse scandal involving sports doctor Larry Nassar by approving legislation that requires governing bodies for amateur athletics to quickly report claims of abuse to law enforcement.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, one of the bill's sponsors, says the bill could pass the Senate later Tuesday. The measure then goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. The House overwhelmingly approved the legislation on Monday.

Nassar was sentenced last week to up to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing more than 150 women and girls over 25 years.

Former gymnast Jeanette Antolin says the bill is a significant step forward. But she wants an investigation to determine how "such heinous crimes were allowed to go under the radar" for so long.

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