Olympian Aly Raisman says U.S. gymnastics team doctor sexually abused her


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

USA Gymnastics said in a statement Friday that Raisman sharing her personal experience took "great courage" and it is "appalled by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused". The first US gymnasts to speak out about Nassar appeared on 60 Minutes in February. "We are committed to doing what is right, and we want to work with Aly and all interested athletes to keep athletes safe". The 23-year-old recalled after being interview by the investigator in 2015 that she realized Nassar had abused her and reached out to her sport's national governing body asking to speak to the detective again.

Nassar is in a MI jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilting to possession of child pornography.

Raisman is the second member of the famed "Fierce Five" team of American gymnasts to speak out about Nassar, the former team doctor who has been charged with various counts of sexual misconduct and child pornography. I'm really upset because it's been - I care a lot you know, when I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is, I just ...

'I just - I can't - every time I look at them, every time I see them smiling, I just think - I just want to create change so that they never, ever have to go through this'.

More than 130 women and girls, many of them former athletes have filed civil lawsuits against Nassar.

That same week, Nassar's trial in Ingham County is expected to begin.

Raisman also accused some top-ranking officials at USA Gymnastics of abhorrent behavior, claiming that she and her teammates from the 2016 Rio Games were ignored by a table of executives from the sport's governing body during their Hall of Fame induction this summer.

'It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was "treated". He gave her gifts and said how well she performed in training sessions. So I really thought he was a nice person, ' said Raisman. She was 15 at the time.

Her story echoes the accounts of the other athletes LaPook spoke with in February. "It had all been intentional", Raisman wrote. SO proud of you and your strength.

In light of the sex abuse scandal, USA Gymnastics adopted a series of reforms in June that it said will better prevent and respond to future cases of abuse. "The last few months have not been easy for me", says Raisman.

She also expressed her fear, having not yet revealed at that time she was one of the doctor's victims. At the time, she said, "I was making excuses for him, which I realized later, that's often what people do when they're manipulated". Even if he didn't do it to you, it's still the trauma and the anxiety of wondering what could have happened.

"He's a monster. It's so disturbing to think about what he did to me and so many other girls", Raisman said Monday. "I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting"'.

She also once again spoke about how the young fans factor in to this, and how important it is to her that they have a safe environment.

Simone Biles (L, gold medalist), and Alexandra (Aly) Raisman (silver medalist) of the USA "Fierce Five" at the Olympic Games in Rio after all-around competition.

Dr. Nassar denies the allegations of all his accusers. USA Gymnastics now has the power to withhold membership from clubs that decline to report claims of abuse.

"I hope this isn't about Larry Nassar", Raisman wrote. "You don't want to let yourself believe, but you know, I am a victim of sexual abuse".

She said she's still dealing with the effects of the abuse.