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Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman claims Larry Nassar sexually abused her

13 November 2017

And we were treated like, you know, "We don't want anything to do with you girls"'.

USA Gymnastics has said it is taking steps toward creating a safer environment for its athletes.

Raisman, 23, is now training to return in three years for the 2020 Games in Tokyo, an unprecedented move in the sport which would give her a shot at surpassing Shannon Miller's U.S. record of seven Olympic medals.

Nassar, who worked with the USA women's gymnastics teams for more than 20 years, pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges in July and faces 22-27 years in prison when he's sentenced December 7.

Authorities revealed back in December of a year ago that they had discovered over 37,000 images and videos of child pornography featuring girls as young as six and a Go Pro video of Nassar molesting a group of young girls in a pool.

"It's such a horrific thing to happen and I stand here with all the other survivors who have been abused by Larry and other people who have been abused by anyone", Raisman said. "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".

The six-time Olympic medalist spoke out Monday about how Dr. Larry Nassar, now in jail facing facing separate sexual assault charges, molested her under the guise of giving her medical treatment.

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

Among the accusers is another decorated gymnast, Raisman's 2012 teammate McKayla Maroney.

'You know, my teammates and I were all sitting at the table, and they did not come over to say hi to us or to congratulate us'.

'It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was "treated".

'Shortly after she left, it hit me.

She claimed that on the way to the world championship that year Nassar gave her a sleeping pill, and the she awoke to find him performing a "treatment" on her in the hotel. "I really thought he was looking out for me". She was 15 at the time. SO proud of you and your strength.

Because the athletes were instructed to keep a strict diet while they were training, former gymnast Jeanette Antolin says Dr. Nassar would sneak them snacks and candy. "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.

"I just thought he was weird". Even if he didn't do it to you, it's still the trauma and the anxiety of wondering what could have happened. And I think that's what's important for people to understand is that these monsters are so good at manipulating you. "She changed my life because she made me realize this is right thing, and if I can help one person then that's totally what it's all about". "I need this, '" Raisman said in an interview with The Associated Press and USA Today in August during the 2017 national championships. USA Gymnastics now has the power to withhold membership from clubs that decline to report claims of abuse. She also said that she spoke to FBI investigators about him after last year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

But Raisman said the organization has failed to do enough, saying they've been responding with similar statements they've made in the past.

'They failed to take action against coaches, trainers and other adults who abused children.

"Society makes it hard for women who have been abused to come forward", Raisman said. Raisman describes the abuse during an interview on "60 Minutes" that will air today and also talks about it in her new book, "Fierce", which comes out next week.

She went on to state: 'Dr.

"He would always bring me, you know, desserts or gifts", Raisman says.

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman claims Larry Nassar sexually abused her