Aly Raisman Says She Was Abused by Former Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar


Olympic gold medal-winning United States gymnast Aly Raisman has revealed that she was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

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. The multiple lawsuits involving accusations against Nassar name as defendants USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University (where he worked as a doctor for decades), and Nassar himself, among others.

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

Aly Raisman, 23, won six medals including three gold medals at the London Olympics (2012) and Rio (2016). I care a lot when I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is, I just ... The book, scheduled to release next week, will include her experiences with the alleged abuse.

Raisman - a 2-time national team captain who won 6 gold medals - opened up about the allegations to "60 Minutes". saying she met with the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the '16 Rio Olympics. 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.

Raisman is the second member of the USA women's gymnastics team to allege abuses by Nassar. She claimed the abuse began when she was just 13, and she had been reluctant to speak out because she knew he was a renowned physician.

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"For me, the scariest night of my life happened when I was 15 years old", Maroney wrote in her original social media post.

Raisman continued after Jon Lapook of "60 Minutes" noted her anger. "USA Gymnastics is very sorry that any athlete has been harmed..." the statement says, "...we want to work with Aly and all interested athletes to keep athletes safe".

In a statement to 60 Minutes, USA Gymnastics said it has made major changes since the Nassar scandal broke.

In December 2016, the Indianapolis Star newspaper reported that 368 children and teenage members of clubs affiliated with the Gymnastics Federation had been victims of sexual assault over the past 20 years.

"Dr. Nassar is no longer affiliated with USA Gymnastics".