Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Olympian Aly Raisman says USA gymnastics team doctor sexually abused her

Olympian Aly Raisman says USA gymnastics team doctor sexually abused her

Raisman also slammed critics who question why she and other athletes waited this long to speak out.

The sex abuse scandal led to the ouster of USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny, who resigned in March under pressure from the U.S. Olympic Committee.

"What did USA Gymnastics do and Larry Nassar do to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?" she asks.

"Aly's passion and concern for athlete safety is shared by USA Gymnastics", the organization added. Maroney also said Nassar abused her at the London Games.

Nassar, USA Gymnastics' team physician for almost 20 years, pleaded guilty to federal child-pornography charges in June and has been accused by more than 100 women and girls of sexual assault during his time as USA gymnastics' team doctor.

Authorities revealed back in December of past year that they had discovered over 37,000 images and videos of child pornography featuring girls as young as six and a Go Pro video of Nassar molesting a group of young girls in a pool. Raisman said in a short clip released by 60 Minutes.

'I am angry. I'm really upset because it's been - 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, ' explains Raisman.

"These girls, they should be comfortable going to USA Gymnastics and saying 'I need help, I want therapy". She tells LaPook that she and other athletes didn't realize at the time that Dr. Nassar gained their trust through a predatory technique called "grooming", which builds emotional bonds between a predator and a victim. He has pleaded not guilty to separate criminal sexual conduct charges and is being sued by more than 100 women who allege he sexually assaulted them in civil court.

Raisman's revelation comes a month after fellow Fierce Fiver McKayla Maroney came forward to say she was abused by Larry Nassar for several years, beginning when she was 13.

"My mom and I are so close", she told CBS.

'It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was "treated". "From the moment that I realized that it happened to me, I wanted to talk about it".

'Shortly after she left, it hit me. "I really thought he was looking out for me".

She was just 15 at the time.

"I love gymnastics", she continues. SO proud of you and your strength.

Nassar was the USA Gymnastics' team physician for almost 20 years, beginning in 1996.

She also expressed her fear, having not yet revealed at that time she was one of the doctor's victims. "It's insane. Because when a doctor says something you want to believe him and it's just bad". Even if he didn't do it to you, it's still the trauma and the anxiety of wondering what could have happened. "And I don't think he does it on objective because, you know, I think he cares about me".

"I want to create change", she insists.

She also once again spoke about how the young fans factor in to this, and how important it is to her that they have a safe environment. I didn't know what sexual abuse really was. USA Gymnastics now has the power to withhold membership from clubs that decline to report claims of abuse.

The Massachusetts native said being treated by Nassar always made her feel uncomfortable and she describes the alleged abused in her new book "Fierce".

USA Gymnastics announced Tuesday it hired Kerry Perry as the organization's new president and CEO.

'They failed to take action against coaches, trainers and other adults who abused children.

The entire situation was made all the more confusing said Raisman because of Dr. Nassar's behavior. She says Nassar touched her inappropriately while disguising the abuse as treatment.

She went on to state: 'Dr. I didn't really know.

Raisman is the latest gymnast to claim she was abused by Nassar.

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