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Gymnast Aly Raisman was sexually abused by Larry Nassar

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Rita Gibson | 13 November, 2017, 19:23

Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman says she does not want other girls to endure what she did.

Raisman, who began being treated by Nassar when she was 15, reveals during the interview that she spoke with the Federal Bureau of Investigation shortly after the Rio Games last summer.

Why not look at what about the culture?' asks Raisman in a preview of her CBS interview.

RAISMAN: I am angry.

The sex abuse scandal led to the ouster of USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny, who resigned in March under pressure from the U.S. Olympic Committee.

"I was just really innocent, I didn't really know, you know, you don't think that of someone, so I trusted him", Raisman said.

The 23-year-old former captain of the 2012 and 2016 USA women's Olympic gymnastic team has come forward with a disturbing account of how, she claims, Nassar began "molesting" her at the age of 15.

Raisman stated that she was sexually abused by the national team doctor, Larry Nassar, who worked with the US women's national team and athletes at Michigan State University for over two decades. Because of that, she had the courage to tell her mother that her father had been sexually abusing her, and he threatened her life at times. It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and It happened before I won my silver'.

Raisman would not go into the graphic details of what Nassar did to her, but she did reveal who she believes is to blame.

"Is it possible to put an end to this type of abuse?"

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She said she's still dealing with the effects of the abuse. "Our silence has given the wrong people power for too long, and it's time to take our power back".

USA Gymnastics issued a statement to 60 Minutes, claiming they have instituted a new "safe sport policy" which requires mandatory reporting of suspicions of sexual abuse and seeks to "prevent inappropriate interaction" between adults and athletes.

Nassar is now in jail after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced on federal child-pornography charges on November 27 in MI.

That same week, Nassar's trial in Ingham County is expected to begin. "The plea today was negotiated only to resolve the federal charges", their joint statement reads.

LaPook says he reported as much as he could while still being sensitive to Raisman.

Raisman says she made a decision to speak publicly about the abuse because she wants to help warn other young athletes.

Aly Raisman is the most prominent athlete to come forward so far about Nassar. "We are appalled by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused, and we are very sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career".

USA Gymnastics has said it is taking steps toward creating a safer environment for its athletes. "Our athletes are our priority, and we are committed to promoting an environment of empowerment that encourages speaking up, especially on hard topics like abuse, as well the protection of athletes at all levels throughout our gymnastics community".

Alexandra Raisman of the United States of America performs during the Women's Floor Exercise Final at the Artistic Gymnastics events of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 16 August 2016.

Clubs are now "required to report child abuse or neglect, including sexual misconduct, to proper authorities, including the U.S. Center for SafeSport and law enforcement authorities".

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