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Russian takes many forms in the worse is when an organization is infiltrated by child sex abuse the abusers.
Now America's swim world.
Has fallen victim young woman across the country coming forward with horrible stories of abuse at their hands of their coaches -- I was molested by my coach repeatedly from the age of eleven and continuing for four years.
Here they have -- out.
You had veered -- Schmidt is a former world record holder at a gold medalist in the 1972 Olympics.
She -- to a San -- news conference to publicly say prominent high level coaches routinely have sex with underage swimmers.
Attorney Robert Ballard has filed a lawsuit on behalf of an alleged teenage victim against USA swimming also known as US swimming accusing the national group.
Of deliberately ignoring the problem.
Already 36 -- coaches have been banned for life and just last night former Olympic hopeful -- Thompson accusing her.
Former swim coach of molesting her when she was just.
Fifteen years old yeah.
Attorney Bob Ballard are here with us now joins us thank you can't see also with us to dig deep into this case it might in the legal expert -- -- cats least we'll go back to rose woodland and can go for hang -- you guys don't -- -- -- found -- Did -- tell us what happened when you're you're you're just fifteen years old give us a story.
Well it all started.
When I say this I slammed for not have a -- He's used to some -- And he's very minute live.
And you know it to the point where he dragged me down a -- -- with.
A collar and leash around my neck.
And he he -- me he set me up for.
His perverted his perverted ways and it just it just grew from there -- no longer go on -- When I until I was 21 years on.
Six years it went on and in -- -- Tell us what you didn't tell anyone about it when I was going on.
And I was too scared I in an arm in arm threatened me.
He said he would turn my family against me and who was I supposed to tell and nobody was there to listen nobody was protecting anybody from USA swimming and so I really -- -- to turn to.
And Bob -- I was I was well.
Along -- attorney this is this where you find more cases of this since -- came forward.
More more women and I guess meant to are coming out that right.
Well there's a victim prior to -- -- Cedar -- and I USA swimming knew about this predators -- -- the late 1990s.
Through various sources parents notified them.
About having been put on break out.
The coach putting them on birth control under the auspices that it didn't swim faster.
On believe that -- -- want it out of town trips.
And parents will be prohibited he would hang out with the girls in their hotel rooms under covers watching.
TV late night allowing the -- to use his personal shower.
And it ought to do I want to get a legal experts in here -- -- -- can.
This is horrible this but these are children.
It's just shocking and outrageous where is the oversight I -- -- -- -- someone for criminal conviction that isn't sufficient.
Who is monitoring these adults who are basically having unsupervised -- -- time.
With children so inappropriate and it's -- that is just coming that it makes me.
So angry I -- -- and at a legal eagle aside and a mother of much of a girl.
To think that when I would let her go out there and do the sports swimming soccer basketball whatever that those coaches that we're entrusting would do something like this to this poor woman it's it's -- Rebecca you're put your hands -- -- he could not listen to us.
Shocking it's shocking that someone could do this to a young girl.
And justify and create such fear in this young child and not bottom but so many.
I mean and Anderson is in a position of power of these girls at trust and -- here why they don't they go to these swim meets their but their weight from their parents it's just.
And -- -- Olympic athletes Olympic hopefuls you don't want to do anything to jeopardize that to imagine a position that's again and again you don't want to come your way and chances chances that their parents and it worked so hard to get to where they are and that perhaps get with a certain -- That could maybe help them along the path of Olympic gold and then to be betraying in this way it's violent criminal and they need an and -- so many rape victims -- help victims they're afraid to come out or because they think of some of their fault they can't go to their parents it's a combination having.
The combination of any fifteen year old child Olympic hopeful or not.
Being affected by a man who's your coach is supposed to help you and train you and guide you.
Now what he's doing is hurting you.
-- -- let me let me get that double another comment we're gonna run out of time you're dancing give us a sense of what is it -- is to follow this thing through the -- -- -- testified that must be very difficult to stand up there.
Testify against them as a right.
Well absolutely -- but I'm here today because I want my story to be heard so that somebody.
And you say something can take responsibility and and protect our Summers instead of blaming.
The parents incentive -- excellent team instead of blaming somebody else claiming you may need to step.
And I'm blaming me right and they need to step up and take responsibility.
For their own actions that are not protecting.
They're young swimmers that's right they're more interested in and gold medals -- -- protecting.
And in summer and guess what guys we have to leave it there but it doesn't it's not just women it's baseball and it's soccer it's a little bit of everything -- -- -- -- girls -- Little -- and a good and I.
-- had been some alternative well -- criminal organization negative Jesse Thomson Robert Allard also thank you get a tour -- cats next month you guys were dominating.
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