McKayla Maroney Speaks Out on Larry Nassar Abuse

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"Everyone was there - no one thought anything of it", she said.

McKayla Maroney bravely opened up last October about her sexual abuse at the hands of team U.S.

At the end of Wednesday's hearing, Sen. Teammate Aly Raisman has also spoken out publicly and repeatedly against USA Gymnastics.

Almost 200 of them offered testimony during two sentencing hearings in MI this year. Oh, and she helped put Nassar behind bars for up to 170 years. I don't want to tell anybody about this. "I think a lot of themes are emerging", Lyons said hours later in a conference call, following a meeting of the USOC board of directors. "I had done nothing wrong except speak the truth.their respnse was to blame the victim".

Her attorney, John Manly, said she had been abused between 50 and 100 times by Nassar, including at the Olympics and during the world championships. He was allowed to treat us in hotel rooms alone and without any supervision.

The first woman to publically make allegations against USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar accuses the evangelical community of a double standard on sex abuse. She urged the committee to question the organization's former chairman, Paul Parilla, and its former president, Steve Penny, and to hold U.S.A. Gymnastics accountable.

Olympic gymnasts Jordyn Wieber and Jamie Dantzscher recounted to the senators their now familiar accounts of how Nassar, who treated America's Olympic women gymnasts for more than two decades, assaulted them under the guise of medical treatments, through massaging techniques they only realized years later had actually been sexual assaults.

"There are also things about the culture that are messed up that (Nassar) used against us", she said. "And wanting to keep you skinny", Maroney said.

Maroney said that she often felt fear about speaking out, but that "fear turns to fearlessness" when she realized how many people she would be helping. I knew as a former Olympian that if I spoke, people might be more likely to speak up.

"How do you live with yourself?" he said he would ask.

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Wieber is still dealing with the emotional and psychological effects of the abuse, the suit said.

Right now, he said, "we have reporting, but no effect".

Wieber is among the athletes who have filed individual lawsuits against the U.S. Olympic organization and Michigan State University.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, the panel's ranking Democrat, called Wednesday's hearing "a critical step forward in our investigation into the serious systemic abuses across generations of young athletes".

Before his systemic sexual abuse was brought to light, Nassar was a successful sports medicine doctor at Michigan State University who was nationally known for his work with elite gymnasts.

"My team won gold medals in spite of USA Gymnastics, MSU [Michigan State University], and the USOC [United States Olympics Committee]". He was sentenced to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges and 300 years in prison on the state charges.

Olympic gold medal gymnast McKayla Maroney says Larry Nassar, the disgraced team doctor convicted of sexually assaulting former patients, molested her hundreds of times over a period of five years.

Wednesday's hearing will focus on how national governing bodies can do better to protect athletes from abuse.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Part of Nassar's criminal sentencing involved victim-impact testimony.

The legislation also requires the U.S. Center for Safe Sport, created by the U.S. Olympic Committee previous year, to develop new training and oversight to prevent abuse.

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