Aly Raisman is angry, and rightfully so!
For a sit down with 60 Minutes, the Olympic great has opened up about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of USA Gymnastics‘ longtime team physician, Larry Nassar. This admission comes a month after her Fierce Five teammate, McKayla Maroney admitted she was abused by the doctor for many years, beginning when she was only 13.
In a preview for Sunday’s candid chat, the gold medalist relayed:
“I am angry. I’m really upset. 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.”
It’s said that Aly has also detailed the sexual abuse in her upcoming memoir, Fierce. And it appears as though Raisman blames not just Nassar for her suffering, as she added:
“Why are we looking at why didn’t the girls speak up? Why not look at what about the culture? … What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?”
We mean, she makes an excellent point. Per the interview, the American athlete first filed a complaint against Nassar when she spoke to the FBI shortly after the Olympic Rio Games last summer. The organization has since responded to Aly’s allegations, as they noted in a statement:
“USA Gymnastics is very sorry that any athlete has been harmed. We want to work with Aly and all interested athletes to keep athletes safe.”
Nassar is currently behind bars in a Michigan-based prison as he pled guilty to child pornography charges back in July. In fact, authorities discovered 37,000 images and videos of child pornography belonging to Nassar. One video featured Go Pro footage of Nassar molesting a group of young girls in a pool. So gross.
We couldn’t be prouder of Aly and McKayla for speaking out. Be sure to tune in to 60 Minutes on Sunday to hear more from Aly.
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