The pain of feeling like I should have known something was wrong, should have been smarter than to think that was okay is unfathomable and embarrassing. What you’ve done is unforgivable. Not only did you hurt me, but you also hurt my mother.
I question how a man with such a gift of healing who had the potential to do such good could abuse his knowledge of medicine and power in the worst way. These are the long-lasting questions and concerns that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I feel that by coming forward we victims of Doctor Nassar can help see that justice is served and save other innocent people from the pain and abuse we faced.
In January 2017, my senior year, I decided that my years in the sport needed to come to an end. People asked me if he was the reason. At first I denied it. It wasn’t him, it was my injuries. But now I hold that pain and anger inside of me when realizing the reality. I did quit because of you.
I’ve been wrestling with, denying, and trying to stifle everything that had happened to me for the past year, and I’ve decided that it’s impossible to keep it to myself anymore. This past week has been the hardest of my entire life, but listening to so many other strong women speak out has inspired me to do the same.