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Aly Raisman's Mother To Izzo: Are You A "Moron" Or A "Liar?"

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Those are the words of Kyle Stephens, one of the survivors of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar, the former doctor of the US gymnastics team. Using a five-point grading system, she found that most NGBs remained woefully ill-equipped to guarantee the safety of their athletes, and some appear to have taken no steps at all to address an issue that has become a dominant part of the national conversation in the (hash) metoo era.

One of Nassar's many victims, Aly Raisman, made sure to expose everyone involved during Friday's court hearing. Now 15, she told the court that as a 12-year-old gymnast, she was sent to Dr. Nassar for back treatment and underwent the same abuse. Everyone already knew that Raisman could nail a ideal floor routine. "I was scared and nervous", said Raisman, who contacted prosecutors overnight to ask to speak in court.

"We have this huge problem right now", she said.

"Larry, you do realize now that we, this group of women you so heartlessly abused over such a long period of time, are now a force and you are nothing", Raisman said. "The tables have turned Larry, we are here, we have our voices, and we are not going anywhere".

"We need to educate the athletes, we need to educate the clubs, we need to educate parents on what those behaviours are to look out for".

Aly Raisman spoke directly to her alleged abuser.

First, she said, "Larry, you abused the power and trust that I and so many others placed in you".

In a letter addressed to Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, Maroney described how the US gymnastics national team doctor, who they were told to trust, ruined her dreams.

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"You took advantage of our passions and our dreams", she added.

"Abuse goes way beyond the moment, often haunting survivors for the rest of their lives, making it hard to trust and impacting their relationships", Raisman boldly proclaimed. Jade was just 13 when she went to Nassar after suffering an in jury. You feel sadness because they're so bravely standing up there and talking about their raw pain, and then you feel so proud of them that they're able to do that, not only to him but in front of the whole world because so many of them have chosen to be publicly identified.

"He did it time after time, appointment after appointment", she said at a podium, while Nassar sat in the witness box across from her.

Beyond the inevitable trips to court, she's urging Congress to pass a bill that would provide greater protection to young athletes by requiring those in positions of authority to report suspected abuse within 24 hours, while giving the newly created U.S. Center for SafeSport the ultimate oversight over such cases.

"All these courageous women have power, and we will use our voices to make sure you get what you deserve, a life of suffering spent replaying the words delivered by this powerful army of survivors".

Raisman's response to Nassar's complaint was scathing.

The long relationship between USA Gymnastics and the Karolyi Ranch is over. I'll say that again: less than 20 minutes combined. "Nassar was surrounded by a collection of adults who enabled his predator behavior", the piece reads.

Raisman said survivors can be haunted by the abuse for the rest of their lives and can question organizations and medical professionals. "He abused my body and he left scars on my psyche that will never go away", she said.