Hoelzer, now 25, was born in Huntsville, Alabama. At age 5, Hoelzer claims that she was abuse by a playmate's father for about two years. She apparently did not realize that she was abused back then until she was in the fifth grade. She only realized that she had been abused from age 5 to 7 when a friend came to that conclusion. Margaret apparently told her mother.
Hoelzer's mom told her father who apparently called the police. The family then counseled with the National Child Advocacy Center.
Hoelzer was never raped. There was no physical evidence of molestation. Nevertheless, the alleged molester was arrested. The case was presented to a grand
Chris Witty, a gold medal winning speed skater, has a similar claim. She alleges that she was abused and violated by a trusted neighbor from the age of 4 to 11. After her win at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, Witty went public with her story. For Witty, going public with her claims helped her obtain closure. With Hoelzer, closure may remain elusive. But it is not for lack of effort. Hoelzer has become involved with the National Child Advocacy Center. Hoelzer also returned to counseling in 2006.
Why should we care? Chris Newlin, executive director of the National Child Advocacy Center, shares statistics that one in four girls and one in seven boys under the age of 18 will be the victims of sexual abuse. These statistics are shocking. Such abuse must end.
On a brighter Olympic athletic note, Brendan Hansen lost the gold medal that he won as part of the men's 400 medley relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Hansen discovered his medal was gone from his baggage during a flight from his hometown in Pennsylvania to his house in Texas. Fortunately, a passenger found Hansen's medal and turned it over to authorities. Tragedy averted!