Former Olympic gymnastic McKayla Maroney is opening up about being the victim of sexual abuse over the course of several years while a member of the United States Gymnastics Team.
Maroney took to Twitter to release a lengthy statement detailing sexual abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar, the USA team doctor who is on trial in Michigan facing sexual assault charges. Nassar is accused of sexually assaulting at least 140 girls and women.
The statement was posted along with the hashtag #MeToo, a social media movement that has led to many women opening up about their own experiences.
“People should know that this is not just happening in Hollywood,” Maroney wrote. “This is happening everywhere.
“Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be 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.”
Maroney described being given a sleeping pill by Nassar “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.”
Nassar is currently facing 22 to 27 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges, while facing 33 charges of criminal sexual misconduct in Michigan.
Maroney’s full statement can be read below: