Dominique Moceanu did not experience abuse at the hands of former USA Gymanstics team doctor Larry Nassar, but she fully supports the gymnasts who have come forward to accuse him of sexual abuse, including three prominent gymnasts who spoke out on 60 Minutes Sunday. "After years of suffering other forms of physical and emotional abuse and neglect under the Karolyis, as well as being ostracized and overlooked by USAG when I did speak out, I have first-hand knowledge of how the culture set the stage for such atrocities to take place," Moceanu writes in a Facebook response to the 60 Minutes piece.
Moceanu, a gold medalist and member of the 1996 Summer Olympics' "Magnificent Seven," has previously alleged physical and emotional abuse at the hands of coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi, People reports, and she also previously criticized USAG's governing body. "Changes and improvements to the system—including a functioning set of checks and balances—are long overdue," she writes in her new post. "Gymnastics is a beautiful sport, and its young athletes deserve to practice and perform their craft in a safe environment." The three gymnasts who came forward on 60 Minutes are suing the Karolyis and USAG for allegedly failing to protect them. The Karolyis have denied having any knowledge of Nassar's alleged abuse.