Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Olympian Aly Raisman Sues US Olympic Committee Over Larry Nassar Abuse

Olympian Aly Raisman Sues US Olympic Committee Over Larry Nassar Abuse

Having reduced disgraced former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar to "nothing" during a scathing victim impact statement this past January, three-time gold medalist Aly Raisman was a leading voice in an effort to refocus the sexual abuse scandal lens on the U.S. Olympic Committee, and she's now filing a lawsuit against the organization less than a week after the Winter Games.

The complaint says that the trauma of Nassar's abuse led to depression and fear for Raisman, and that she has lost millions of dollars as a result.

Raisman harshly criticized the USOC when she spoke at Nassar's sentencing hearing in January.

Nassar is now serving a 60-year sentence at a federal prison in Tucson, Ariz., on child pornography charges.

Why has the U.S. Olympic Committee been silent? "It is my hope that the legal process will hold them accountable and enable the change that is so desperately needed".

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

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Jacob first sought treatment from Nassar in April 2016 at the age of 15.

Moore was a minor at the time, and this was done after another minor female gymnast came into the basement where he was being treated, the suit says.

The Nassar case, and the failure by organizations through which he accessed victims, is the subject of three congressional inquiries and law enforcement investigations in MI and Texas, home to the Karolyi Ranch outside Huntsville, where Team USA women gymnasts trained for years.

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Nassar spent almost three decades at USA Gymnastics before being fired in 2015 after complaints about his behavior.

According to the complaint, Jacob Moore sought treatment from Nassar in April 2016, during which the doctor administered acupuncture to the teenager's "pubic area and in and around his genitalia ostensibly for the goal of treating his shoulder pain".

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The latest departure was Scott Blackmun, CEO of the US Olympic Committee, who resigned Wednesday.

That sentence will run concurrently with the 40- to 175-year sentence from nearby Ingham County.

Nassar told Moore that he would treat the gymnast's shoulder injury "through acupuncture in his pubic area and in and around his genitalia", then proceeded to do so. USA Gymnastics also declined to comment on Moore's complaint.

The documents further claim that national team member, Maggie Nichols, reported the abuse to USA Gymnastics in 2015, and the organization did not alert the Federal Bureau of Investigation for more than a month.

Among the reforms and initiatives the USOC said it is implementing are creating an advisory group that will include abuse survivors to safeguard against future abuse in "the Olympic community", providing more funding to speed up the resolution of cases, and improving support and counseling "for gymnasts impacted by Nassar's crimes".

USA Gymnastics has undergone a massive overhaul in the previous year.

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The suit, which has several other plaintiffs, seeks declaratory, injunctive, equitable and monetary relief for injuries.

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