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Aly Raisman Says Team USA Gymnastics Doctor Molested Her, Too

The Olympic gold medalist is one of more than 130 women who have accused Dr. Larry Nassar of sexual abuse.

by Kara Weisenstein
12 November 2017, 4:15pm

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is now the second high-profile athlete to publicly accuse former Team USA doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse.

In an excerpt from an upcoming interview with CBS's 60 Minutes, Raisman said that Nassar began treating her when she was 15, but did not elaborate on the nature of the abuse. Instead, she slammed USA Gymnastics for creating a culture where young athletes are afraid to speak up.

"Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up? Why not look at what about the culture? What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?" Raisman asked.

According to NBC News, Nassar worked as a doctor for USA Gymnastics for almost 20 years and has been accused by more than 130 women, many of them former athletes, of sexual abuse under his treatment. In December, Nassar was arrested on federal child pornography charges after the FBI found more than 37,000 files on his computer. He's now awaiting sentencing for those charges, but has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual abuse. The scandal is just one of many to have come out of USA Gymnastics in recent years.

In October, Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney went public with allegations of abuse, saying that Nassar sexually assaulted her from the time she was 13 until she retired from the sport. Maroney said that Nassar repeatedly molested patients under the guise of "treatment." She even claimed she had been drugged on a flight to Tokyo and woke up alone with him in his hotel room.

USA Gymnastics released a statement saying it had adopted a new "safe sport policy" requiring "mandatory reporting" of suspicions of sexual misconduct and is setting standards to "prevent inappropriate interaction" between athletes and adults.

"We are appalled by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused," USA Gymnastics said, according to the New York Times. "And we are very sorry that any athlete has been harmed during his or her gymnastics career."