U.S. Olympic Hero Aly Raisman Says She Was Also Sexually Abused By Team Doctor Larry Nassar (VIDEO)
Last month, United States Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, who suddenly retired from the sport in 2016, revealed on Twitter that she was sexually assaulted by U.S. Gymnastics Team doctor Larry Nassar.
Now Aly Raisman has become the latest to throw her name on that ever growing list of United States female gymnasts who have accused the disgraced doctor of inappropriate actions.
In an interview with “60 Minutes” that will air Sunday, an upset Raisman spoke out against not only Nassar, but the environment created by USA Gymnastics.
“Why are we looking at why didn’t the girls speak up (earlier)?” she said in the interview. “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?”
“Raisman, 23, says she was first treated by Dr. Nassar when she was 15. She talks about her experiences in a new book called “Fierce.” It’s the story of a girl who dreamed of going to the Olympics, and how she realized her goal, but it also includes new insights into a scandal that goes to the highest level of Raisman’s sport.
Dr. Nassar, who worked with the U.S. women’s national gymnastics teams for more than two decades, is now in jail. He pleaded guilty to child pornography charges but not guilty to charges of sexual assault. More than 130 women, many of them former athletes, have filed civil lawsuits alleging that Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of treating them for hip, back, and other athletic injuries. Raisman tells 60 Minutes that after the Rio Olympics she spoke to FBI investigators about Dr. Nassar.”
Aly Raisman has won six Olympic medals, three of them gold, over the course of the last two Summer Games.