McKayla Maroney: I was molested before winning gold medal

McKayla Maroney says she was repeatedly molested by Dr. Larry Nassar

McKayla Maroney says she was repeatedly molested by Dr. Larry Nassar

"Maroney shared her story with the hashtag "#MeToo", which women have been using in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations to share their experiences with sexual harassment and sexual assault.

"It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my silver", she wrote in reference to the 2012 Summer Olympics. "This is happening everywhere", she wrote. Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be potential for abuse.

"I thought I was going to die that night", she wrote.

The former U.S. Olympic gymnast went public about the alleged abuse Wednesday morning - saying Dr. Larry Nassar repeatedly molested her under the guise of administering "treatment".

According to Maroney, Nassar told her when she was 13-years old that she needed to receive "medically-necessary treatment that (Nassar) had been performing on patients for over 30 years".

"I had flown all day and all night with the team to get to Tokyo", she wrote. She said that there needs to be zero tolerance for anyone accused of sexual abuse and for anyone who protects them, and that people need to be educated in order to prevent these things from happening. Nassar is now in prison on child pornography charges.

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.

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McKayla Maroney was one of the breakout stars of the 2012 Olympics in London, winning a silver medal in the individual vault competition while the women's gymnastics team captured the gold.

More than 100 women have filed police complaints against Nassar, and he is the target of dozens of lawsuits, which also name Michigan State University, where he had his sports medicine practice, and USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for the sport.

It has not been confirmed by the court if Maroney was one of Nassar's victims, but the former doctor is facing 15 first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges in Ingham County and seven first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges in Eaton County.

In her statement, Maroney said that from the outside looking in, the story of her success at the Olympics was an incredible one.

"Our silence has given the wrong people pwoer for too long, and it's time to take our power back". "I did it. I got there, but not without a price".

USA Gymnastics, the sport's national governing body and Nassar's former employer, has said it was not aware of the allegations against Nassar until July 2015, at which point he was sacked, Time magazine reported.

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