Gymnast Maggie Nichols claims she’s the primary of greater than 100 alleged victims to blow the whistle on Dr. Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse accusations.
Nichols, who recognized herself as “Athlete A” within the case towards Nassar, wrote an open letter saying she was the primary to alert USA Gymnastics officers after the physician molested her on the Larolyi Ranch Olympic coaching camp in Texas when she was 15.
Nassar, who has been sued by at the very least 125 women and girls, admitted to sexually assaulting gymnasts, possessing baby pornography and molesting ladies who sought medical therapy.
On Tuesday, the 20-year-old introduced she could be becoming a member of her former teammates Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas in talking out towards the physician.
“Up till now, I used to be recognized as ‘Athlete A’ by USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Michigan State College. I would like everybody to know that he didn’t do that to ‘Athlete A’, he did it to Maggie Nichols,” she wrote.
Nichols was experiencing again ache when Nassar started molesting her, the gymnast wrote.
“I trusted what he was doing at first, however then he began touching me in locations I actually didn’t suppose he ought to….I accepted what he was doing as a result of I used to be instructed by adults that he was the most effective physician and he may assist relieve my ache,” Nichols stated.
She additionally claimed the sports activities physician messaged her on Fb to go with her appears to be like. “However I used to be solely 15 and I simply thought he was making an attempt to be good to me. Now I consider this was a part of the grooming course of I just lately realized about,” Nichols wrote.
Nichols additionally accused Michigan State College of ignoring complaints about Nassar whereas she stated USA Gymnastics and the USOC failed to supply a protected atmosphere for her and her teammates.
“His job was to take care of our well being and deal with our accidents. As an alternative, he violated our innocence,” she wrote.
Nassar, who pleaded responsible to 10 counts of legal sexual conduct, is scheduled for sentencing subsequent week. He was sentenced in December to 60 years in federal jail for possessing baby pornography.
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