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McKayla Maroney Says She Will Speak About Sexual Assault, Fans Show Support

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By Mike Walters

McKayla Maroney says she will talk more about her sexual assault at the hands of an Olympic doctor Larry Nassar, and thanked the family and friends for supporting her over the last few years.

The gymnast took to Instagram to address what has been going on in her life, and explain her absence and silence from social media.

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"missed u guys :cloud: last few years a lots happened w the #MeToo movement, and losing my dad very unexpectedly.. i'll definitely talk about it more, but for now i'll just say that even on the worst days, i knew i had so much to be thankful for," she posted.

Maroney continued, "i have the most supportive family, and friends, and u guys are part of that. blessed to have u, and happy to be back."

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In a 2017, McKayla addressed the situation with the doctor but has been pretty silent since that point, “I was molested by Dr. Larry Nassar, the team doctor for the US Women’s National Gymnastics Team, and Olympic team. It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and didn’t end until I left the sport, she said in a Twitter post.

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She ended her statement saying she “hoped” by speaking out she could help put an end to sexual abuse.

It seems, based on the recent post, she may be ready to go to discuss some of the details regarding the situation and help others who have gone through similar incidents.

In January, the gymnast lost her father, and she briefly spoke of his death. “Love u dad. I can’t believe it’s real. I don’t want to. I’ll miss you forever. Rest in peace. You were the most incredible dad," she posted.

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Fans showed huge support of the gold medalist by responding to her post with positive messages.

"Sending you thoughts and prayers for a healing heart, one person said.

"I’m so glad to see you. Welcome back and take your time," another responded.

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