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Olympic Medalist Aly Raisman Says Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Her

11 November 2017

Silver medalist Alexandra Raisman of the United States celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Women's Individual All Around Final on Day 6 of the 2016 Rio Olympics at Rio Olympic Arena on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Aly Raisman, a six-time Olympic medalist in gymnastics and a two-time national team captain, said she was sexually abused by former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, CBS News reported.

Raisman told "60 Minutes" that she spoke to FBI investigators after serving as national team captain at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Raisman, 23, said she was just 15 years old when she was first abused by Nassar.

"Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up?" she said. Raisman said in a short clip released by 60 Minutes. 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. "It's insane. Because when a doctor says something you want to believe him and it's just bad".

"I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is ..."

Raisman, who was also captain of the team for the 2012 Games in London, is the second member of the "Fierce Five" U.S. women's gymnastics team - and third Olympian overall - to allege abuses by Nassar.

Raisman's teammate, McKayla Maroney, 21, revealed last month that she too had been molested by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment.

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"I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary, and disgusting", Maroney wrote. Larry is now awaiting his sentencing for separate charges and could face life in prison if convicted on any of those allegations. "I hope so", she wrote.

Nassar is already facing 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and could receive a sentence of life in prison. Nassar, who was USA Gymnastics' team doctor for almost two decades, was sacked in 2015 and is facing nearly two dozen sexual assault charges against him; he's also set to be sentenced next month on three federal child pornography charges. He was sued in civil and criminal court by various alleged victims, and previously admitted to possession of child pornography. Nassar has pleaded not guilty to the assault charges, and the dozens of civil suits filed in MI are now in mediation.

Reached on Friday, Newburg said he did not have a comment on Raisman's allegations.

According to Maroney, Nassar's behavior worsened during the 2011 World Championships, when she was given a sleeping pill by the doctor during a flight only to wake up in his hotel room later.

Since the Nassar scandal broke, USA Gymnastics has changed its reporting system, requiring "mandatory reporting" of any and all sexual abuse. Upon learning of athlete concerns, USA Gymnastics immediately notified law enforcement.

Nassar began working with USA Gymnastics as an athletic trainer in 1986 and became the national team doctor in 1996. "Our athletes are our priority, and we are committed to promoting an environment of empowerment that encourages speaking up, especially on hard topics like abuse, as well the protection of athletes at all levels throughout our gymnastics community".

Olympic Medalist Aly Raisman Says Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Her