Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Athletes Margaret Hoelzer and Chris Witty Publicize Their Alleged ChildHood Molestation

Athletes Margaret Hoelzer and Chris Witty have come forward to tell their stories about alleged childhood molestation. Margaret Hoelzer, an Olympic swimmer from the Beijing Olympics, has publicised that she was sexually abused as a child. Winning three medals in Beijing probably was not as tough as coming forward with her story to the A.P.

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!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Publicize? Win a gold and it gives you a license to air dirty laundry. Was there really any evidence that Hoelzer was molested? If there had been, would not the formal charges have been brought after the grand jury?

Keep in mind, at least some claims of sexual abuse are imaginary. False accusation can be just as big of a problem as actual child molestation.

Keeping it real in Texas

Anonymous said...

Keeping it real,

You are welcome to your opinion. But not all abuse can be proven. That does not mean it did not happen.

Secrets said...

I'm inclined to believe someone who says they were molested.

Why did Hansen put his medal in his bag?

He's lucky as hell someone was honest and turned it in.

Anonymous said...

I believe Hoelzer, she has no motive to lie!

Anonymous said...

How can Hoelzer and Witty tragedies be compared with Brenden Hansen losing a medal?

Ms Calabaza said...

I guess what I find strange is the timing of this. Why publicize this now?

jester said...

Just a word of caution. I was once accused of date rape. Fortunately when the detective asked the following questions, the charges were dismissed:

Detective: When did you first realize that you were raped?

Alleged Victim: When his check bounced.


Jester

Anonymous said...

Now, because once they become famous it becomes a matter of entitlement. Suddenly they think their comments and opinions are important and should be heard by others...


Look at Clooney and company for an example...

Anonymous said...

Its narcistic personality disorder if you ask me...


Famous boxer.