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United States of America gymnastics star Aly Raisman reveals abuse by former team doctor

United States of America gymnastics star Aly Raisman reveals abuse by former team doctor

The six-time Olympic medalist and Needham native recently revealed that Larry Nassar, the former doctor for the U.S. national gymnastics team, had sexually abused her.

Aly Raisman confirmed the abuse in an interview with 60 Minutes, which is to air Sunday night.

She is the second member of the gold medal-winning 2012 Olympic women's team to accuse Nassar of abuse, Time magazine's online edition noted in an article published Friday.

"I am angry", she said. "I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is ... I just want to create change so that they never, ever have to go through this".

Raisman's teammate, McKayla Maroney, 21, revealed last month that she too had been molested by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment. A third Olympian, Sydney bronze medalist Jamie Dantzscher, has also said she was abused by Nassar.

In August, Raisman criticized the way USA Gymnastics handled sexual assault complaints against Nassar and others involved with the organization. Nassar resigned from USA Gymnastics in the summer of 2015. In interviews with Dr. LaPook, three former gymnasts accused him of sexual abusing them more than a decade before Raisman joined the national team.

In a statement, USA Gymnastics said it had adopted a new policy that requires the reporting of suspicions of sexual abuse.

Nassar's case was part of a wide-ranging scandal which forced the resignation of USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny a year ago.

Raisman, whose book "Fierce" is coming out this month, told "60 Minutes" that she spoke with FBI investigators about Nassar after the Rio Olympics.

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Raisman would not divulge exactly what Nassar did to her, but she did say that Nassar began treating her at the age of 15.

"It's important to speak up for something and it's right".

"They can be highly educated, " she said. "More people need to talk about it and I just feel that it's not getting enough attention in the sport". I want these young girls to know. You know, I didn't know it was wrong. "I told her literally everything, except for that, because I didn't know".

Dr. Nassar, who worked with the USA women's national gymnastics teams for more than two decades, is now in jail. "He's the United States Olympic doctor and the USA Gymnastics doctor, and we were very lucky we were able to see him".

"She's very determined now to chart her own course", Court tells Overtime.

"People should know that this is not just happening in Hollywood", Maroney wrote. USA Gymnastics now has the power to withhold membership from clubs that decline to report claims of abuse. "I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting"'.

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.

Dr. Nassar is in jail in MI, facing 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving at least seven victims.

Alexandra Raisman of the U.S. performs during the Women's Floor Exercise Final at the Artistic Gymnastics events of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 16 August 2016.


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