Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman Reveals She Was Sexually Abused By US Team Doctor

“What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?”

By Gina Tron

Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman has come forward to accuse Dr. Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. Nassar has been accused of sexually abusing more than 130 women during the decades he worked as the women’s gymnastics national team doctor. He also pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges earlier this year and is currently in jail awaiting sentencing. The former doctor, however, pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault, according to CBS News.

Raisman, 23, told her story on a "60 Minutes" report to be broadcast this Sunday, November 12 at 7:00 PM ET/PT. She wrote about her experiences in a new book called “Fierce,” which gives insight into the scandal. Raisman was first treated by Nassar when she was 15, according to CBS News. Raisman told "60 Minutes" that she spoke to the FBI about Nassar after the Rio Olympics, TIME reports. She expressed disgust over the types of questions people have asked about the doctor’s accusers.  

“Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up? Why not look at what about the culture? What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?”

More than 130 women, many of them former athletes, have filed civil lawsuits against Nassar for sexual abuse. In October, Raisman’s teammate McKayla Maroney tweeted that Nassar molested her for years.

In a statement to "60 Minutes," USA Gymnastics stated they recently adopted a new "safe sport policy" that requires "mandatory reporting" of suspicions of sexual abuse. They also said they have sets standards to "prevent inappropriate interaction."

"USA Gymnastics is very sorry that any athlete has been harmed [...] [W]e want to work with Aly and all interested athletes to keep athletes safe," the statment reads.

"I care a lot you know, when I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is, I just -- I can't -- every time I look at them, every time I see them smiling, I just think -- I just want to create change so that they never, ever have to go through this," Raisman said in her "60 Minutes" interview.

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