McKayla Maroney is sharing her story in hopes Larry Nassar gets the maximum punishment for sexually assaulting his young USA Gymnastics patients.
The 21-year-old and her mother delivered victim-impact statements in the form of letters to the federal judge presiding over the case against the disgraced team doctor who sexually abused McKayla and her teammates for years.
Erin Maroney described the severe impact Nassar’s abuse had on her daughter:
“This experience has shattered McKayla. She has transformed from a bubbly, positive, loving, world class athlete into a young adult who was deeply depressed, at times suicidal. At times, I was unsure whether I would open her bedroom door and find her dead.”
We can’t even imagine how painful it must be to have to write that about your child.
Erin went on to say that she and her husband “were not allowed to stay with McKayla” while traveling abroad and “sometimes we were not even in the same hotel”:
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