Since opening up to the public last week about how USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar allegedly sexually abused her, Aly Raisman is powering forward in her crusade to speak out against sexual abuse and effect changes that will stop this from happening to others.
Aly Raisman, who won six medals, three of them gold, for the U.S.at the last two Olympic Summer Games, says she was sexually abused by Dr. Larry Nassar. He is also awaiting trial on separate sexual criminal sexual conduct charges and has been sued by more than 125 women alleging sexual abuse.
Tell us what you think! Last month, McKayla Maroney detailed how Nassar began molesting her at the age of 13 at a USA national team training camp in Texas and continued the abuse until she left the sport.
Aly Raisman is aware that the subject of sexual abuse is an awkward topic to talk about with children, but she hopes her interview inspires parents to start the conversation - because the consequences can be lasting. So I really thought he was my friend. All members are now required to report suspected sexual misconduct, and adults kicked out of a club will be tracked in a database to prevent future abuse.
Raisman added on "60 Minutes": "I didn't know anything differently. I never was educated on what being sexually abused really is". "Treatment sessions" with him always made me feel tense and uncomfortable", Raisman wrote in the book being released this week.
In a preview clip, interviewer Jon Lapook says to Raisman at one point that she looks 'angry, ' prompting her to explain why she is so upset with the national team.
The entire situation was made all the more confusing said Raisman because of Dr. Nassar's behavior.
'Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up? His actions also are the subject of a class-action lawsuit filed by his alleged victims against both USA Gymnastics and Michigan State, where Nassar worked for a number of years.
The 23-year-old is the second member of the 2012 Women's Olympic Gymnastics Team ― dubbed the Fierce Five ― to speak out against Nassar. She is calling for major changes at USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for her sport. We were told he is the best doctor.
"He would always bring me, you know, desserts or gifts".
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'It doesn't matter if you're the Olympic champion or you're an 8-year-old that goes to gymnastics in OH, or wherever you are in the U.S. Every single kid is important and I want USA Gymnastics to do a better job with that, ' said Raisman. And I think that's what's important for people to understand is that these monsters are so good at manipulating you.
She was then asked if she had any concern about what repercussions might arise because she spoke out. I realized that letter is more important to me than any medal I've ever won in my life.