Olympic medalist Aly Raisman claims she was sexually abused by team doctor

  • Olympic medalist Aly Raisman claims she was sexually abused by team doctor

Olympic medalist Aly Raisman claims she was sexually abused by team doctor

Aly Raisman, a six-time Olympic medalist and captain of the gold medal-winning 2012 and 2016 USA women's gymnastics teams, has said in a new interview with CBS's 60 Minutes that Larry Nassar, the disgraced former United States women's national gymnastics team doctor, sexually abused her.

McKayla Maroney, who was teammates with Raisman in the 2012 London Olympics, recently tweeted that Nassar sexually abused her over several years, starting from when she was 13 to when she eventually retired from the sport in 2016.

The doctor, who is in his fifties, spent nearly three decades working with USA Gymnastics and was involved with the team at four Olympic Games.

Nassar is now in jail after pleading guilty to charges of child pornography. "Why not look at what about the culture?" she said in an interview scheduled to air on Sunday night.

"Why are we looking at, why didn't the girls speak up?" she asked.

Other gymnasts have said that Nassar would digitally penetrate them under the guise of "treatment" for their back pain.

Raisman, 23, is the latest to come forward with her story about Nassar's inappropriate advances after more than 130 women have filed civil lawsuits alleging that Nassar sexually abused them by pretending to treat their injuries. The six-time Olympic medalist also details her experiences in her book, "Fierce", which will be released next week. "I just want to create change so [that young girls] never, ever have to go through this".

Since the Nassar scandal broke, USA Gymnastics has changed its reporting system, requiring "mandatory reporting" of any and all sexual abuse.

Raisman is also expected to discuss her new book, "Fierce", with 60 Minutes.

Nassar was the USA Gymnastics team physician for almost 20 years, beginning in 1996.

Raisman says she was first treated by Nassar when she was 15 and is among scores of young female gymnasts who have made claims of abuse against Nassar, more than 100 of whom have sued the doctor.

She's now the second member of the 2012 Olympic team to accuse Nasser of abuse. "And I think, it just disgusts me he was a doctor. This is happening everywhere", Maroney said last month. Raisman said of people who have asked why the athletes didn't speak out earlier. Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be potential for abuse. He also faces 33 charges of criminal sexual misconduct in MI.

"I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary, and disgusting", Maroney wrote. Upon learning of athlete concerns, USA Gymnastics immediately notified law enforcement.