Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman: I was abused by doctor

Raisman, the captain of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning team, details the abuse in her book "Fierce", which will be released on November 14.

"I would grit my teeth", she writes, "trying to convince myself that all this was part of the healing process". Ultimately, Raisman said that she was inspired to come forward by the young girls who come up to her to ask for pictures or autographs. In a tell-all interview with 60 Minutes, the pro gymnast confessed that she was "in denial" for a long time about her experience. Why not look at what about the culture?' asks Raisman in a preview of her CBS interview.

Nassar also is awaiting trial on separate criminal sexual conduct charges and has been sued by more than 125 women alleging sexual abuse.

"You're angry", reporter Jon Lapook said.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist said she was nervous to come forward at first because she was afraid of being victim-shamed, but in the end, "I knew it was the right thing".

"He's the United States Olympic doctor and the USA Gymnastics doctor, and we were very lucky we were able to see him", she said.

On Monday, People published an excerpt of Raisman's book, Fierce, in which the 23-year-old Needham native describes the alleged sexual abuse she experienced at the hands of the team doctor, who has been accused of sexually abusing hundreds of athletes under his care. That "treatment" began when Maroney was 13 and continued through her stellar performance at the 2012 Olympics. "From the moment that I realized that it happened to me, I wanted to talk about it".

Now, Aly is writing a book titled Fierce, in which she details some of the most incredible moments in her life - and some of the worst.

"Is it possible to put an end to this type of abuse?"

"My mom and I are so close", she says.

"And remember, it's never too late to speak up".

The former Olympic doctor is now in prison for pleading guilty to child pornography. Nassar has pleaded not guilty to the assault charges, and the dozens of civil suits filed in MI are now in mediation.

This morning we learned of another big name tied to a claim of sexual abuse, only this time it is a victim with a very recognizable name and face. He would buy me little things.

In a statement, USA Gymnastics praised Raisman's dedication and determination to succeed and her willingness to speak out. He was sacked by USA Gymnastics in 2015 after working with the organization since 1986 - he had been its national medical coordinator since 1996, the New York Times reported.

Nassar was the USA Gymnastics' team physician for almost 20 years, beginning in 1996. Our athletes are our priority, and we are committed to promoting an environment of empowerment that encourages speaking up, especially on hard topics like abuse, as well the protection of athletes at all levels throughout our gymnastics community.

Howard echoed the statements made by Dantzscher, saying: 'It has become glaringly obvious that USA Gymnastics has not done almost enough to protect athletes from any form of abuse'. The teen wrote to Aly to say that she had read Aly's statements about the abuse, and that Aly's bravery in speaking out had given her the courage to speak up about her own sexual abuse at the hands of her father.

"Aly's passion and concern for athlete safety is shared by USA Gymnastics".

Vanessa Coleman

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