Another major Team USA gymnastics star claims she was abused by ex-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar - with Aly Raisman coming forward in the hopes of protecting future athletes. She is, so far, the highest-profile gymnast to come forward with allegations.
Raisman, part of the American team which claimed the team title at last year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, made the admission in an interview on CBS' 60 Minutes programme, due to be broadcast on Sunday (November 12).
As for the silence that has surrounded Dr. Nassar's actions for so long, she asks, "Why are we not interested in what the Federation has done, what Larry Nassar has done, to manipulate these girls so much? they were afraid to talk?"
Raisman continued after Jon Lapook of "60 Minutes" noted her anger.
Raisman is demanding that the USA Gymnastics change its policies following the allegations against Nassar, according to Fox News.
In an interview set to air Sunday, Raisman told CBS' 60 Minutes that she spoke to FBI investigators about Nassar following the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. "I need this, '" Raisman said in an interview with The Associated Press and USA Today in August during the 2017 national championships. When I see these young girls that come up to me and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is, I just ... She details the abuse in her book "Fierce", which will be released next week.
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.
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The former Michigan State doctor, who was sacked by USA Gymnastics in 2015, was previously accused of sexual misconduct by Raisman's fellow Fierce Five member McKayla Maroney and Sydney bronze medalist Jamie Dantzscher. Maroney revealed allegations in a tweet on October 18, in which she included the hashtag #MeToo.
Raisman has been an outspoken advocate for survivors of sexual abuse.
"For me, the scariest night of my life happened when I was 15 years old", Maroney wrote in her original social media post.
Nassar began working with USA Gymnastics as an athletic trainer in 1986 and became the national team doctor in 1996. He pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault but did plead guilty to federal child pornography charges and is in jail awaiting a December 7 sentencing in that case.
Nassar's case was part of a wide-ranging scandal which forced the resignation of USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny previous year. USA Gymnastics, in a statement to "60 Minutes", said it is "very sorry that any athlete has been harmed".
"These girls, they should be comfortable going to USA Gymnastics and saying 'I need help, I want therapy".
Jamie Dantzscher, 2000 Olympic bronze medalist; Jessica Howard, U.S. national champion in rhythmic gymnastics from 1999 to 2001; and Jeanette Antolin, who competed with the U.S. national team from 1995 to 2000, came forward earlier this year describing similar experiences to Maroney's and Raisman's.