Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman: I was abused by doctor
13 November, 2017, 19:21 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
She writes in her book that she also feared coming forward with her own experience of abuse because "maybe people wouldn't believe me, or think that I was exaggerating, maybe they would think I was doing it for attention".
In June, the gymnastics board adopted the new USA Gymnastics SafeSport Policy that replaced the previous policy.
"My mom and I are so close", she says. And I reached back out to an official with USA Gymnastics and I said, "I have to speak to her again".
RAISMAN: I am angry.
'I was not given a courtesy of speaking with her.
Raisman said it didn't even dawn on her that Nassar could be sexually abusing her until an investigator hired by USA Gymnastics asked her about the doctor in 2015 - a year before the Olympic Summer Games in Rio.
The preview did not reveal the extent of the alleged assaults and for how long they occurred, with Nassar having been the team doctor during the 2012 Games in London. He pleaded guilty to child pornography charges but not guilty to charges of sexual assault.
Authorities revealed back in December of a year ago that they had discovered over 37,000 images and videos of child pornography featuring girls as young as six and a Go Pro video of Nassar molesting a group of young girls in a pool.
Raisman revealed that she justified Dr. Nassar's behavior to the FBI investigator at first because she was so under his spell, viewing him as a friend.
"I'm really upset because it's been..." You know, you don't think that of someone.
"I didn't know anything differently". "You know, it impacts you for the rest of your life". Nassar faces 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and 11 counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct at the state level, Megan Hawthorne, deputy press secretary for Michigan State Attorney General Bill Schuette, told CNN in July. You know, "Make sure he's not making you uncomfortable". 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.
'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. Most of the women are athletes who have come forward to describe the "necessary treatment" he would give them, which involved putting an ungloved hand inside the vagina.
"I would grit my teeth", she writes, "trying to convince myself that all this was part of the healing process".
"I was just really innocent". "And it's hard for me to talk about but it's made me into a stronger person". "And I'm not going to stop until I get what I want, which is change".
'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'.
'There was a table of a lot of people that are very high up in USA Gymnastics that were in the room.
"I was in denial", she tells LaPook on the broadcast.
Raisman, 23, is now training to return in three years for the 2020 Games in Tokyo, an unprecedented move in the sport which would give her a shot at surpassing Shannon Miller's USA record of seven Olympic medals.
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