McKayla Maroney: I Was Drugged and Molested By Team USA Doctor

Getty									Mc Kayla Maroney left and Dr. Larry Nassar right

Nassar was involved with USA Gymnastics for almost three decades as a trainer and national medical coordinator, a role that led him to treat the country's elite gymnasts at four separate Olympic Games. She did not detail Nassar's specific actions.

"It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was 'treated, '" she said.

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.

Maroney wrote that Nassar sexually abused her twice while competing in the Summer 2012 Olympics, once before she won the gold medal and once before she won the silver. She also recalled a scary incident when she was 15: Nassar allegedly gave her a sleeping pill and she awoke in a hotel room with him receiving "treatment".

Nassar's attorneys could not be reached for immediate comment. Eight of those girls are reported to be gymnasts. Maroney's statement garnered support on Twitter from her former "Fierce Five" Olympic teammates Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber. As most of the victims involved wished to remain anonymous, it's unclear whether or not Maroney is involved in the lawsuit. He is also awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty on a federal child pornography possession charge.

He also faces charges in state court in MI, largely related to women who say he digitally penetrated them during medical exams for his own sexual gratification. Prosecutors are recommending that he's given between 22 and 27 years of prison time.

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Last month, Nassar defended his procedures, which included digital vaginal penetration as "medically accepted and appropriate treatments" and denied he had performed them for any objective other than medical treatment.

"Things have to change. but how do we begin?" asks Maroney, who suggests people could start by speaking out about sexual assault and forcing institutions and the powerful to be held accountable.

"People should know this is not just happening in Hollywood", Maroney wrote in a lengthy statement posted to Twitter. "Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be potential for abuse", Maroney said.

"I thought I was going to die that night", Maroney added.

Raisman, who won six medals while serving as the captain of the US women's team in both 2012 and 2016, called for sweeping change at USA Gymnastics in August. This plea could possibly mean that he won't face criminal charges associated with the allegations against him that he abused Team USA gymnastics for years as in exchange for his admission of guilt. Part of Stark's mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs, reporting and adjudication services. A replacement has not been named.

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