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Gold medalist Aly Raisman says USA national team doctor sexually abused her

Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar in court in June Jeff Kowalsky AFP Getty Images Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar in court in June
Spencer Simpson | 11 November, 2017, 00:38

Six-time Olympic medalist and three-time gold-winning gymnast Aly Raisman is the latest to allege sexual abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar, a MI doctor who worked with the United States gymnastics team.

She told 60 Minutes that she started seeing Nassar when she was 15. "Why not look at what about the culture?" she shared.

Nassar pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in July and is awaiting sentencing. USA Gymnastics also said it has adopted a new "safe sport policy" in response to the Nassar scandal that requires "mandatory reporting" of suspicions of sexual abuse.

Last month, Raisman's teammate from the 2012 London Games, McKayla Maroney, alleged sexual abuse by Nassar dating back to 2009 when she was just 13.

RAISMAN: Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up?

"I am angry. I'm really upset", the three-time Olympic champion told 60 Minutes.

The former athlete, who claims to be "angry", wants to "just bring change" so that young gymnasts "never have to live this again".

Aly Raisman won two silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics as well as team gold.

More than 140 women are now suing Nassar and his former employer, Michigan State University, as well as USA Gymnastics and other defendants. He was in a position of power, actually named the national medical coordinator for USA Gymnastics up until the summer of 2015. The three-time Olympic gold medalist, 23, said in a new interview with 60 Minutes, airing Sunday, November 12, that she spoke to FBI investigators after serving as the national team captain at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"I was molested by Dr. Larry Nassar, the team doctor for the US Women's National Gymnastics Team, and Olympic team", Maroney wrote in the Twitter post under the #MeToo hashtag, which has remained a trending topic on social media after a number of women accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault in October.

Nassar's case was part of a wide-ranging scandal which forced the resignation of USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny past year.

In a statement to 60 Minutes, USA Gymnastics said that it was "very sorry that any athlete has been harmed" and that "we want to work with Aly and all interested athletes to keep athletes safe".

"Dr. Nassar is no longer affiliated with USA Gymnastics".

In December 2016, the Indianapolis Star newspaper reported that 368 children and teenage members of clubs affiliated with the Gymnastics Federation had been victims of sexual assault over the past 20 years.

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