Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman launches new book entitled 'Fierce'

Paola Ditto
Novembre 15, 2017

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is among the young women abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor.

Raisman, 23, is the latest member of the USA national team and the biggest United States gymnastics star to reveal being molested by Nassar, who is facing more than 20 counts of sexual assault. "You know, so I just, I trusted him", said Raisman, who says she was 15 when she was first treated by Nassar.

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.

At the 2011 world championships, Maroney said Nassar gave her a sleeping pill "and the next thing I know I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a 'treatment.' I thought I was going to die that night". Nassar has been accused of sexual assault by more than 130 women and now faces 33 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in MI. You know, you don't think that of someone. ' I didn't know the signs.

"I didn't know anything differently. And I think that needs to be communicated to all of these athletes, no matter the age", she said.

"He would always bring me, you know, desserts or gifts". I've never really had that before.

It was only later that Raisman, now 23, started to question Nassar's motives and behavior.

Raisman says the incident hasn't deterred her from her goal to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The focus should be on the culture of the sport, and asking why USA Gymnastics didn't do more to protect these kids. It's the organization [USA Gymnastics] that let me down...

"I think it's important for people to know too I'm still trying to put the pieces together today". I don't feel like they care at all that this happened to me...

"I want people to know just because someone is nice to you and just because everyone is saying they're the best person, it does not make it OK for them to ever make you uncomfortable". "No one deserves to be hurt or taken advantage of".

According to "60 Minutes", more than 130 women, many of them former athletes, have filed civil lawsuits alleging that Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of treating them for hip, back and other athletic injuries.

Aly says it was after the interview with the investigator that she realized Nassar abused her. Says Aly, "It impacts you for the rest of your life".

USA Gymnastics launched an independent review of its policies in the wake of the allegations against Nassar and reporting by the Indianapolis Star that highlighted chronic mishandling of abuse allegations against coaches and staff at some of its more than 3,500 clubs across the country.

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