Olympic Medalist Aly Raisman Says Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Her
- Author: Stacy Allen Nov 11, 2017,
Nov 11, 2017, 0:39
She would not divulge exactly what Nassar did to her, but she did say that he began treating her at the age of 15.
He also pleaded guilty in July to federal child pornography charges, after authorities found him in possession of thousands of images, including some with victims as young as six years old.
Raisman is not the first gymnast to accuse Nassar of abuse.
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.
Last month, McKayla Maroney, 21, detailed how Nassar began molesting her at the age of 13 at a USA national team training camp.
"What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?" she said.
"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, I just ..."
She also won individual gold and silver in the floor exercise, silver in the all-around and bronze in the balance beam, making her one of the most-decorated American gymnasts of all time. Per the Lansing State Journal, more than 140 women and girls have filed suits related to his alleged sexual misconduct, with almost as many reporting him to the cops.
Raisman - a 2-time national team captain who won 6 gold medals - opened up about the allegations to "60 Minutes". saying she met with the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the '16 Rio Olympics. "He'd given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a 'treatment.' I thought I was going to die that night".
Raisman continued after Jon Lapook of "60 Minutes" noted her anger.
"USA Gymnastics is very sorry that any athlete has been harmed", the statement said. USA Gymnastics hired Kerry Perry as its new president and CEO on Tuesday after president Steve Penny resigned in March after 12 years on the job.
They told 60 Minutes USA Gymnastics has since adopted a "safe sport policy" that requires mandatory reporting of suspicions of sexual abuse.