Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Aly Raisman has become the latest American gymnast to allege she suffered sexual abuse at the hands of former team doctor Larry Nassar.

Raisman was the captain of the famous 2012 "Fierce Five" U.S. Gymnastics team, as well as captain of the 2016 team that competed in Rio de Janeiro.

Raisman has spoken out about Nassar before, but has never accused him of abusing her.

"Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up?" she said. "Why not look at what about the culture?"

More than 130 women have filed lawsuits against Nassar, saying he sexually abused them as he worked with the US gymnastics team for more than two decades. She says that she was first treated by Nassar when she was 15 years old.

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The USA Gymnastic association told 60 Minutes in a statement that they were "very sorry" to hear of Raisman's alleged abuse and that they would be working with her - and other victims - to keep their athletes safe moving forward.

Raisman's teammate, McKayla Maroney, 21, revealed last month that she too had been molested by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment.

Nassar was involved with USA Gymnastics for almost three decades as a trainer and national medical coordinator, a role that led him to treat the country's elite gymnasts at four separate Olympic Games. The plaintiffs are also suing USA Gymnastics and other defendants.

It is not known whether Raisman or Maroney are part of those lawsuits. In July, he pleaded guilty to three child pornography charges in federal court, ABC News reported via ESPN.

Clubs are now "required to report child abuse or neglect, including sexual misconduct, to proper authorities, including the U.S. Center for SafeSport and law enforcement authorities". Larry is now awaiting his sentencing for separate charges and could face life in prison if convicted on any of those allegations.

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USA Gymnastics never informed Nassar's employer at the time, Michigan State University, about the circumstances surrounding Nassar's resignation, and he continued to treat patients in Michigan until he was sacked by the school in September 2016.

Raisman told "60 Minutes" that the alleged abuse started when she was 15. I can't. Every time I look at them, every time I see them smiling, I just think ...

Raisman has also called for sweeping changes in leadership, including the removal of the chairman of the board, Paul Parilla.

Aly Raisman is the most prominent athlete to come forward so far about Nassar. Raisman was the captain of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning US team.

Raisman has been an outspoken advocate for survivors of sexual abuse. Dantzscher initially filed as "Jane Doe" but came forward publicly to "60 Minutes" in February.

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In light of the sex abuse scandal, USA Gymnastics adopted a series of reforms in June that it said will better prevent and respond to future cases of abuse.

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