Olympic athlete McKayla Maroney says team doctor molested her for years
The Olympic gymnast has revealed her experiences in a shocking statement.
McKayla Maroney won a gold medal alongside Team USA at the 2012 Olympics in London and took home her own personal silver medal at the games too.
However, the athlete has now revealed that her success came at a huge price saying that she was molested by the team doctor for years before that.
Tweeting about her experiences today, McKayla revealed that Team USA’s team doctor Larry Nassar had subjected her to years of sexual abuse, beginning when she was just 13 years old.
“Everyone’s words over the past few days have been so inspiring to me,” McKayla said in her statement.
“I know how hard it is to speak publicly about something so horrible, and so personal because it’s happened to me too.”
— mckayla (@McKaylaMaroney) October 18, 2017
Referring to all the accusations that have come forward against Hollywood executives, McKayla wanted to remind people that it’s not just in the entertainment industry that this is happening.
“People should know that this is not just happening in Hollywood. This is happening everywhere.
“Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be a potential for abuse.
"I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary, and disgusting.”
Going on to detail the extent of her abuse, McKayla revealed that this had been ongoing for years before her success at the Olympics.
“I was molested by Dr Larry Nassar, the team doctor for the US Women’s National Gymnastics Team and Olympic Team.
“He told me that I was receiving ‘medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years.’
“It stated when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, and it didn’t end until I left the sport.”
Larry Nassar, a longtime doctor for USA Gymnastics, has been accused of assaulting at least 140 girls and women: https://t.co/Zxr9kreiVx
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) October 18, 2017
McKayla revealed the details of what she calls “the scariest night of my life” on Twitter, saying:
“I had flown all day and night with the team to get to Tokyo. He’s given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a ‘treatment’.
“I thought I was going to die that night.”
The Olympic champion also went on to share her thoughts of how we change the conversation and reality of sexual abuse.
“Educate and prevent, no matter what the cost.
“Our silence has given the wrong people power for too long, and it’s time to take our power back.”