Amid the trending #MeToo social media hashtag which some women are using to come out as sexual abuse and harassment victims, Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney revealed she was once molested while she was a part of Team U.S.A.
Maroney wrote in a statement posted to her official Twitter early Wednesday morning that she, too, was sexually assaulted. She said that she was a victim of Dr. Larry Nassar, who once worked as the team doctor for the U.S. Women’s National Gymnastics and Olympic teams, and it happened up until she called it quits in the sport.
According to Maroney, Nassar told her that she was receiving “medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years” when she was 13-years old. She said the molestation started when she attended a Team USA training camp in Texas “and it didn’t end until (she) left the sport.”
“It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my silver,” she wrote.
Maroney talked about how the scariest night of her life so far came when she was 15 after a long flight with her team to Tokyo. She said that Nassar had given her a sleeping pill for the flight and suddenly, she was in his hotel room getting one of his “treatments.”
“I thought I was going to die that night,” she wrote.
Read Maroney’s full, emotional statement below: