California gymnasts in anguish years after suffering abuse by college coach

Their allegations come at a time when increased attention is being paid to the emotional abuse that athletes suffer at the hands of their coaches – and the more open-minded attitude that the public has about mental health awareness. Some studies say that as many as 50% of athletes have suffered anything from mild harassment to severe abuse. And these athletes are now demanding that the institutions where they gave their blood, sweat and tears do more to curb abusive coaching – including to pay for the much-needed therapy long after they've left the field.