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Aly Raisman, one of the most celebrated Olympic athletes in recent history, says that she was sexually abused by former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
Raisman, 23, is the latest to come forward with her story about Nassar’s inappropriate advances after more than 130 women have filed civil lawsuits alleging that Nassar sexually abused them by pretending to treat their injuries. Raisman was first treated by Nassar at age 15.
The Olympic gold medalist shares her story during an episode of 60 Minutes, which airs Sunday at 7 p.m. PT/ET. During her conversation with Dr. Jon LaPook, Raisman questioned, “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?”
Raisman expressed that she wants to help make changes in her sport so that girls in the future don’t ever have to go through such traumatic experiences.
“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,” said Raisman, who also told 60 Minutes that she spoke to FBI investigators about Nassar after the Rio Olympics in August 2016.
Raisman’s story comes a month after American gymnast McKayla Maroney revealed via a tweet that she was sexually abused by Nassar, who is currently in jail for pleading guilty to child-pornography charges. He did not plead guilty to charges of sexual assault.
As accusations mount against a number of powerful Hollywood men, many brave individuals are coming forward with their own stories of sexual harassment and assault in their respective industries.
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