Former Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber filed a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics, Michigan State and others on Tuesday over the sexual-abuse case involving Larry Nassar. On the first day she met Nassar, when she was 13 years old, "He told me he was going to do a checkup on me and that was the first day I was abused", Maroney says in a preview of the sit-down.
Nassar, who worked for more than 20 years as the United States team physician, was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges and 10 counts of sexual assault of minors.
Maroney also said Nassar told her that his abusive treatment was part of her "sacrifice" to get to the Olympics, and to keep it secret as others wouldn't understand.
Dantzscher was one of the first women to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual abuse when she was featured with Rachael Denhollander in a story published by the Indianapolis Star in 2016.
"I actually was like, 'That makes sense". "It didn't seem like they cared about anything else".
The hearing also featured testimony from alleged victims in speedskating and figure skating, who spoke of cultural issues they believe have made sex abuse particularly hard to stanch in Olympic sports, where adult coaches can quickly acquire powerful roles in the lives of dozens of children, and where Olympic organizations have long allowed fears of lawsuits and a narrow view of their responsibilities to impede child protection efforts.
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Olympian McKayla Maroney, who gave a victim impact statement in Nassar's January trial along with 132 other victims, says the abuse occurred "hundreds" of times and made her question if her career in gymnastics was worth it, Buzzfeed reports.
"Your coaches are just always watching you".
The full interview is set to air on an hourlong Dateline NBC special called "Silent No More" on Sunday, April 22 at 7:00 pm ET.
A series of criminal and civil investigations have been launched into the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and Michigan State after numerous accusers said their complaints about Nassar were ignored for years. He has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in one MI county and 40 to 125 years in another on sexual assault charges. "The team won gold in spite of USA Gymnastics, the USOC, and MSU".
Olympic gymnast Jordyn Wieber testifies in front of the Senate Commerce Committee about sexual abuse committed by former U.S. Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar.