Olympics: Aly Raisman claims sexual abuse by Team USA doctor

Olympics: Aly Raisman claims sexual abuse by Team USA doctor

Olympics: Aly Raisman claims sexual abuse by Team USA doctor

Olympian Aly Raisman won't be silenced as she is now publicly opening up about being sexually assaulted by her USA Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar.

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman has joined more than 100 athletes alleging abuse inside USA Gymnastics.

Last month, Raisman's teammate from the 2012 London Games, McKayla Maroney, alleged sexual abuse by Nassar dating back to 2009 when she was just 13.

In a television preview released Friday of the "60 Minutes" interview, Raisman said she didn't know why it took so long for allegations against Nassar to come forward.

More than 140 women are now suing Nassar and his former employer, Michigan State University.

"Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up?" she asked. "I need this, '" Raisman said in an interview with The Associated Press and USA Today in August during the 2017 national championships. He eventually was arrested on child pornography charges and pleaded guilty.

More than 130 women have filed lawsuits against Nassar, saying he sexually abused them as he worked with the USA gymnastics team for more than two decades.

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The 23-year-old Raisman said she was first treated by Nassar when she was 15. "These girls, they should be comfortable going to USA Gymnastics and saying 'I need help, I want therapy". According to them, the osteopathic doctor was comforted by the particular environment of high-level gymnastics, where complaints and signs of injury could endanger Olympic dreams. Raisman was the captain of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning USA team.

After the Rio Olympics, where she won a second team gold as well as silver medals in the all-around and floor exercise, Raisman told 60 Minutes she finally chose to speak to FBI investigators about Dr. Nassar.

"We are committed to doing what is right, and we want to work with Aly and all interested athletes to keep athletes safe", USA Gymnastics said.

Nassar began working with USA Gymnastics as an athletic trainer in 1986 and became the national team doctor in 1996.

Jamie Dantzscher, 2000 Olympic bronze medalist; Jessica Howard, U.S. national champion in rhythmic gymnastics from 1999 to 2001; and Jeanette Antolin, who competed with the U.S. national team from 1995 to 2000, came forward earlier this year describing similar experiences to Maroney's and Raisman's.

It is also reported he still faces 33 charges of criminal sexual conduct in MI. The scandal, revealed in late 2016, has shaken the discipline and led to the resignation in March of the president of the American Federation, Steve Penny. The organization also named Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport. The new guidelines require member gyms to go to authorities immediately, with Daniels suggesting USA Gymnastics consider withholding membership from clubs that decline to do so. Part of Stark's mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs and reporting.

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