Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman says she does not want other girls to endure what she did.
And that is one reason she is coming forward to say she was also sexually abused by USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
Raisman is one of at least 140 gymnasts and patients who accuse the former Michigan State University doctor and faculty member of sexual abuse.
Coincidentally, Raisman was in Grand Rapids Friday night, Nov. 10.
She was at the Ferris Foundation for Excellence Benefit in DeVos Place. If she said anything about her experience with Dr. Nassar or going public with her accusations, reporters were not invited inside to hear. But Raisman has recorded an interview with the news magazine 60 Minutes. Among other things, she talks about why it took so long for women to come forward.
“What did USA Gymnastics do and Larry Nassar do to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?” she asks. “I’m really upset. I care a lot and when I see these young girls and they come up and ask for pictures I just I look at them. I see them smiling. I just think, I just want to create change so they never have to go through this.”
Nassar was the USA Gymnastics team doctor for nearly 20 years. Allegations of sexual abuse led to his termination in 2015. He is in jail on child pornography and sex assault charges. The 60 Minutes interview with Raisman is scheduled for broadcast Nov.12.
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