Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber to speak at Wharton Center on Thursday

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EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) – All this week, Michigan State University is bringing awareness to mental health, by hosting a number of different initiatives geared toward releasing the stigma that surrounds it.

On Thursday, DeWitt native and Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber is expected to join the conversation by speaking about women and survivor empowerment. Issues that hit close to home for Wieber, as she recently came forward about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of former MSU doctor Larry Nassar.

Wieber, a member of the “Fierce Five” team that won gold at the 2012 Olympics, publicly disclosed the details of abuse during Nassar’s sentencing hearing in Ingham County. She was among the more than 250 women and girls who gave victim impact statements over the course of a week.

Wieber is also the last of the “Fierce Five” to come forward. All four of her teammates disclosed abuse by Nassar in 2017.

While recognizing that her accomplishments took hard work and grit, Wieber said coming to terms with the fact that she’s a survivor of Nassar’s abuse, is something she had a hard time processing.

The event, titled “Jordyn Wieber: Moving forward,” will take place from 7-8 p.m. in the Pasant Theatre at the Wharton Center. It’s one of the many events planned as part of MSU’s Mental Health Awareness week which runs from March 18th to the 23rd.

It is only open to the MSU community which includes students, faculty and staff; however anyone can submit questions for Wieber ahead of time by clicking this link.

Questions can be submitted anonymously and are expected to be discussed during the question and answer portion of her speech.

Mental Health Awareness week is a weeklong initiative that ASMSU and other student groups started last year in an effort to increase awareness about mental health and provide resources and information for students and staff on campus.

For more information on the other events happening this week, click here.

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