Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber was the keynote speaker at Santa Clara County’s child abuse prevention seminar Friday.
Hundreds of social workers, counselors, and victims of violence attended the 37th annual event in Campbell.
Wieber has spoken publicly about the abuse she suffered at the hands of former USA gymnastics team doctor Lary Nasser who plead guilty to numerous charges of possessing child pornography and sexually abusing minors.
Nasser was sentenced to more than 200 years in prison.
Wieber says she, along with many of her teammates suffered silently for years.
She encouraged the victims of abuse who often are afraid to come forward, to speak out.
“I want them to know that they are not alone. It’s not easy to report abuse, to talk about it with other people,” she said. “For them to know that they are not the only ones out there that has experienced something like this.”
She also encouraged those in attendance to listen to children and young people and watch for the warning signs of abuse.
Wieber, who has retired from Olympic competitions, is now an assistant coach for UCLA’s women’s gymnastics team.
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