Maroney: Abused hundreds of times by Nassar

"He said that nobody would understand this and the sacrifice that it takes to get to the Olympics, so you can't tell people this", Maroney, now 22, told anchor Savannah Guthrie. I actually was like, that makes sense. "I don't want tell anybody about this", she continued.

"I wasn't listened to, cared about or believed, and all of those things need to be weeded out of society, because that's where things went wrong", she said.

2000 Olympic bronze medalist Jamie Datzscher told the subcommittee that she felt betrayed by her coaches and U.S. national staff during the hearing.

By the time she retired from the sport, it amounted to "hundreds" of incidents.

"This week's hearing is a critical step forward in our investigation into the serious systemic abuses across generations of young athletes", said U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, the subcommittee's ranking member. All they cared about was money, medals, and it didn't seem like anything else.

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The United States Olympic Committee previously apologized to Nassar's victims and MSU has vowed to improve its reporting method after facing fierce backlash suggesting the university ignored warnings about Nassar's abuse.

In addition to Maroney, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles and Jordyn Wieber are among the gymnasts who said Nassar abused them. The Senate Committee will focus on how national governing bodies can better protect athletes from abuse.

McKayla Maroney appeared on "Today" on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after making her first public appearance since revealing she was sexually assaulted by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. "In addition, we're working to add more counseling and therapist staff positions and to reduce the response times for complaints". "Our silence has given the wrong people power for too long, and it's time to take our power back".

In an interview with NBC news program Dateline airing on Sunday, Maroney opens up about the years of abuse by Nassar.

It was only earlier this year that disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for multiple counts of sexual misconduct and child pornography, so the awful aftermath his victims have to endure will probably linger for quite some time.

  • Adam Floyd