Olympic Medalist Aly Raisman Says Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Her

Tricia Pearson
November 11, 2017

Aly Raisman has taken a courageous step forward and says that she was also sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

"I am angry", Raisman said in the CBS interview. 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 ...

Raisman, a six-time Olympic medalist and two-time national team captain, shared her story on the "60 Minutes" show scheduled to air Sunday, joining more than 130 other women who previously said the doctor sexually assaulted them.

As Radar readers know, former Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney also came forward to accuse Nassar of having sexually assaulted her multiple times over many years.

"Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up (earlier)?" she said in the interview. He pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault but did plead guilty to federal child pornography charges and is in jail awaiting a December 7 sentencing in that case.

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

More than 130 women have filed lawsuits against Nassar, saying he sexually abused them as he worked with the US gymnastics team for more than two decades. If convicted on any one of the 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct he is being charged with, Larry Nassar could be sentenced to life in prison.

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Raisman is the latest gymnast to speak out against Nassar after Jessica Howard, the United States national rhythmic gymnastics champion from 1999 to 2001, and Jeanette Antolin, a Pan American Games silver medallist, also revealed they had been the victim of sexual abuse on the same programme in February. "We are grateful to the athletes that brought their concerns about Dr. Nassar to USA Gymnastics".

USA Gymnastics approved a new safe sport policy as a result of the recommendations made by the review.

Raisman has also called for sweeping changes in leadership, including the removal of the chairman of the board, Paul Parilla.

Team USA Gymnastics released a lengthy statement about allegations in February, stating in part that "Regarding Dr. Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics is appalled that anyone would exploit a young athlete or child in the manner alleged".

It was commissioned by USA Gymnastics and conducted by Deborah Daniels, a former Federal prosecutor, who spent a significant portion of her career prosecuting child sexual offenders, and scrutinised the organisation's methods.

The list of Nassar's accusers also includes several former national team members. The new guidelines require member gyms to go to authorities immediately, with Daniels suggesting USA Gymnastics consider withholding membership from clubs that decline to do so.

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