Gymnast Aly Raisman says she was sexually abused

Donald Miralle  Sports Illustrated

Donald Miralle Sports Illustrated

Aly Raisman claimed she was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" set to air on Sunday, Raisman says she's "angry" that USA Gymnastics didn't address sooner the rampant allegations against Nassar.

Less than a month after McKayla Maroney said the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team doctor sexually assaulted her, Aly Raisman has now come forward to say she also was a victim. Raisman asked. "Why not look at what about the culture?"

The first public accusations against Nassar came a little more than a year ago, and more than 130 women have filed suits accusing Nassar of sexual assault.

RAISMAN: Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up? "I think that needs to be addressed", she said.

Nassar has already pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges and is in jail, awaiting a December 7 sentencing in that case.

Raisman is the latest gymnast to speak out against Nassar after Jessica Howard, the U.S. national rhythmic gymnastics champion from 1999 to 2001, and Jeanette Antolin, a Pan American Games silver medallist, also revealed they had been the victim of sexual abuse on the same programme in February. I just want to create change so that they never, ever have to go through this. According to them, the osteopathic doctor was comforted by the particular environment of high-level gymnastics, where complaints and signs of injury could endanger Olympic dreams.

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Raisman told "60 Minutes", in an interview scheduled to air Sunday, that she spoke to FBI investigators after serving as national team captain at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"USA Gymnastics is very sorry that any athlete has been harmed ..." the organization said in a statement to CBS 60 Minutes, "... we want to work with Aly and all interested athletes to keep athletes safe".

Three former members of the national team then accused Dr. Nassar of sexual abuse.

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".

Nassar began working with USA Gymnastics as an athletic trainer in 1986 and became the national team doctor in 1996. The scandal, revealed in late 2016, has shaken the discipline and led to the resignation in March of the president of the American Federation, Steve Penny. "And then he just continued to go into more and more intimate places", Jessica Howard, who suffered from severe hip problems when she was a gymnast, told CBS' 60 Minutes in an episode that aired February 17. Jeanette Antolin, Jessica Howard and Kami MacKay have all come forward, alleging abuse by Nassar either through the filing of lawsuits or, in the case of MacKay, on social media.

They told 60 Minutes USA Gymnastics has since adopted a "safe sport policy" that requires mandatory reporting of suspicions of sexual abuse. Part of Stark's mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs, reporting and adjudication services.

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