Aly Raisman Trusted Her Doctor, Now The Olympian is Accusing Him of Sexual Assault
Aly Raisman, six-time Olympic medalist has accused her former USA Women’s Gymnastic doctor of sexual assault. Dr. Larry Nassar has been accused of sexual abuse by dozens of athletes and faces more than 20 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Sexual Abuse: From Hollywood to the Balance Beam
After the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, Raisman spoke with the FBI about the doctor. Raisman’s teammate, McKayla Maroney claims that she too was sexually abused by Nassar when she was just 13-years old. Maroney participated in the #MeToo movement, where women shared their stories of sexual abuse or harassment after Harvey Weinstein’s allegations became public. She explained
“People should know that this is not just happening in Hollywood. I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary, and disgusting.”
Doctor To The Olympians
In July, he pled guilty to federal child pornography charges, after thousands of images, including young victims around six years old were found in his possession. Nassar is now being sued by more than 100 women exclaiming sexual assault against the doctor.
How the USA Gymnastics Association Let Down Young Girls
Raisman remembers Nassar threatening her at 15 years old, and is outraged by how the USA gymnastics dealt with the allegations. Nassar faces 20 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and faces a life sentence in prison if convicted.
Raisman explained, “Why are we looking at why didn’t the girls speak up? Why not look at what about the culutre? What did USA Gymnastic do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?”.