The scandal surrounding former U.S. women's gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar got hotter on Friday, as Aly Raisman, 23, the two-time national team captain who won three gold medals and six medals in all at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, came forward to accuse him of sexual abuse.
Speaking to Dr. Jon LaPook for a 60 Minutes report, Raisman said Nassar first treated her when she was 15; after the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 she informed the FBI about actions Nasser had taken.
One exchange from the interview went like this:
Raisman: Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up? Why not look at what about the culture? What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?
LaPook: You're angry.
Raisman: I am angry. 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 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.
Raisman won gold medals in the team and floor competitions at the 2012 London Olympics, and a bronze medal for the balance beam. In the floor final, she performed to the tune of Hava Nagila, dedicating her floor routine to the 11 Israeli Olympians who were murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Summer Games in Munich. At the 2016 Olympics, she won a gold medal in the team event and silver medals in the individual all-around and floor exercise events.
Last month, after Raisman’s teammate, McKayla Maroney, came forth to accuse Nassar of abusing her starting when she was 13, Raisman tweeted her support:
Nassar, who faces 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and could receive a sentence of life in prison, has been jailed after pleading guilty to child pornography charges, but he pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges, despite over 140 women filing civil lawsuits alleging that Nassar sexually abused them. He has been accused of digitally penetrating women during medical exams for his own sexual gratification. He had served with USA Gymnastics for almost 30 years as a trainer and national medical coordinator.