In the world of gymnastics, Aly Raisman is one of the biggest names. She’s a six-time Olympic medal winner, three-time gold medalist and, in a new interview with 60 Minutes that will air on Sunday night, she says she, too, was sexually assaulted by an elite doctor who worked for USA Gymnastics.
Raisman, 23, also writes about her experiences in a new book titled Fierce. She is the most high-profile athlete to come forward with allegations of misconduct agains Dr. Larry Nassar, who has had a slew of charges made against him. Over the summer, he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and is awaiting sentencing.
Raisman says she was first treated by Nassar as a 15-year-old. In the interview, she expressed anger at USA Gymnastics’ handling of Nassar and the women as the scandal has continued to widen.
“I am angry. I’m really upset because it’s been — I care a lot you know, when I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is, I just — I can’t. Every time I look at them, every time I see them smiling, I just think — I just want to create change so that they never, ever have to go through this,” Raisman said in a clip from the interview released by CBS News.
Nassar has been accused of sexual abuse by more than 130 women, many of them former gymnasts. The Michigan-based doctor has been accused of digitally penetrating the girls while in an examination room alone with them and providing treatment for injuries. USA Gymnastics told 60 Minutes in a statement that the group has implemented a “safe sport policy” that involves the “mandatory reporting” of suspicions of sexual abuse and also sets standards to “prevent inappropriate interaction” between athletes and coaches, trainers and doctors. “USA Gymnastics is very sorry that any athlete has been harmed.” the statement says. “We want to work with Aly and all interested athletes to keep athletes safe.” Below, watch some clips of Raisman’s appearance on 60 Minutes.
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