Olympic Medalist Aly Raisman Says Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Her

Olympic Medalist Aly Raisman Says Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Her

Olympic Medalist Aly Raisman Says Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Her

Another Olympic gold medal gymnast is speaking out about the alleged sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of the team's doctor.

The Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she was sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor.

Raisman's teammate, McKayla Maroney, 21, revealed last month that she too had been molested by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment.

Raisman says a lot of people have asked her why Nassar's accusers didn't speak up sooner.

"Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up?" she said.

"I am angry", Raisman said.

Dr. Nassar accepted a plea deal in July that would have him serve a combined sentence of 22-27 years for possession of child pornography, rather than charge him with sexual assault - a widely criticized move prosecutors justified by saying that numerous allegations they heard occurred overseas, where they have no jurisdiction.

USA Gymnastics launched an independent review of its policies in the wake of the allegations against Nassar and reporting by the Indianapolis Star in August 2016 that highlighted chronic mishandling of sexual abuse allegations against coaches and staff at some of its more than 3,500 clubs across the country.

The 23-year-old Raisman said she was first treated by Nassar when she was 15. I can't. Every time I look at them, every time I see them smiling, I just think ...

"Whether or not he did it to a gymnast, they still knew him". That "treatment" began when Maroney was 13 and continued through her stellar performance at the 2012 Olympics.

Raisman told "60 Minutes" that she spoke to FBI investigators after serving as national team captain at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"USA Gymnastics is very sorry that any athlete has been harmed ..." the organization said in a statement to CBS 60 Minutes, "... we want to work with Aly and all interested athletes to keep athletes safe".

Raisman has been an outspoken advocate for survivors of sexual abuse.

Who else came forward with accusations against Nassar?

He was sacked by USA Gymnastics in 2015 after working with the organization since 1986 - he had been its national medical coordinator since 1996, the New York Times reported.

It is also reported he still faces 33 charges of criminal sexual conduct in MI.

"In the previous year, Aly has become an advocate for many issues, and sharing her personal experience of abuse takes great courage", USA Gymnastics said. "I just want to create change so that they never, ever have to go through this".

Asked why it took so long for many of Nassar's victims to come forward, Raisman shot back at 60 Minutes.

In light of the sex abuse scandal, USA Gymnastics adopted a series of reforms in June that it said will better prevent and respond to future cases of abuse. Part of Stark's mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs, reporting and adjudication services.

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