Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman Says She Was Sexually Abused By Team Doctor

Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman Says She Was Sexually Abused By Team Doctor

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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. According to Raisman, however, the issue is systemic along with Nassar, and she has been asked in the past why she didn't speak out sooner. He has been sued by over 130 women, and is in MI awaiting trial for over 22 state charges, including the possession of child pornography.

USA Gymnastics told 60 Minutes it now requires "mandatory reporting" for any suspicions of sexual abuse.

Now 23, Raisman told "60 Minutes" that she started seeing Nassar when she was 15. He's now is in jail in MI awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

Raisman said she spoke to FBI investigators after serving as national team captain at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Her "Fierce Five" teammate McKayla Maroney last month said Nassar had abused her.

Nassar is in jail now, facing several charges related to the alleged abuse.

She also calls on USA Gymnastics, the American Federation to make major changes in its "culture". McKayla Maroney alleged abuse by Nassar dating back to 2009, when she was just 13. He was sacked by USA Gymnastics in 2015 after working with the organization since 1986 - he had been its national medical coordinator since 1996, the New York Times reported. He stepped down in 2014 but remained on staff before being fired in 2015. "And then he just continued to go into more and more intimate places", Jessica Howard, who suffered from severe hip problems when she was a gymnast, told CBS' 60 Minutes in an episode that aired February 17.

"I am angry", Raisman said in the CBS interview. I can't. every time I look at them, every time I see them smiling, I just think.

"You're angry", reporter Jon Lapook said.

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Jamie Dantzscher, a bronze medalist on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, filed a lawsuit against Nassar in California in September 2016.

Ever since Maroney, 21, spoke out against him, over 140 women have come forward to sue him and his former employer, Michigan State University. The organization also named Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport. Part of Stark's mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs and reporting. USA Gymnastics now has the power to withhold membership from clubs that decline to report claims of abuse.

He also faces charges in state court in MI, largely related to allegations that he digitally penetrated women during medical exams for his own sexual gratification. Underage female gymnasts with male coaches who are picked to compete internationally must now travel with a credentialed female chaperone.

Team members who fly into Houston for training camps must be escorted to the camp with at least two other people to avoid any one-on-one interaction.

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