She is one of hundreds of women who say she was sexually abused by team doctor Larry Nassar and now she's looking to Congress for change. "I don't want to tell anybody about this.' I didn't believe that they would understand".
At Wednesday's hearing, both Wieber and Dantzscher relayed to lawmakers stories they'd previously shared in the courtroom during Nassar's sentencing hearing on criminal sexual conduct charges in January. "And wanting to keep you skinny", Maroney said. Now, she said, she realizes that his treats were a classic grooming method used by sexual abusers. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., who is a Michigan State alumnus, said the school "has an obligation" to be supportive of Nassar's victims.
In her testimony, Wieber, 22, who won gold in London in 2012 criticized USA Gymnastics for not responding to concerns of abuse and trainers with creating a brutal culture for athletes at Karolyi Ranch in Texas.
Nassar is now serving up to 175 years in prison, but questions continue to swirl about whether powerful institutions could have done more to stop him.
"[He would] buy me a loaf of bread", she said.
She said that Nassar abused her about 10 times over a six-year period.
"We have to make sure that the university stands behind the victims, the university has an obligation to be there for you, to be there to also assist in the healing process", said Senator Peters.
"USA Gymnastics is committed to doing everything it can to prevent abuse from happening again by making bold decisions and holding ourselves to the highest standards of care", the statement said.
"In a way, the fear turned to fearlessness when I knew it would help so many people".
"There's got to be a way to create champions that doesn't involve abuse, whether it be sexual or physical or emotional", Wieber said.
Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor, pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault.
"Nobody was protecting us from being taken advantage of".
Nassar, 54, is serving a 60-year prison sentence for federal child pornography crimes and was convicted earlier this year of 10 sex assaults in MI, where he also faces a prison term of 40 to 175 years. His second state prison sentence was given to him in January after another sentencing hearing during which several more victim impact statements were read.