One of the greatest gymnasts in American history, Aly Raisman, claims to have been a victim of sexual abuse by national team doctor Larry Nassar in an interview with CBS.
Aly Raisman, 23, won six medals including three gold medals at the London Olympics (2012) and Rio (2016). She is the last gymnast to date, and the most famous so far, to accuse Dr. Nassar of sexual touching under cover of treatment for back or hip injuries. The scandal, revealed in late 2016, has shaken the discipline and led to the resignation in March of the president of the American Federation, Steve Penny.
Larry Nassar is accused of multiple sexual abuse on gymnasts for nearly 20 years. A former doctor of the American team from 1996 to 2015, serving for four Olympic Games, he was charged in February with 22 charges of sexual assault, including on girls under 13 years of age. He is currently in detention.
Another former Olympic gymnast, McKayla Maroney, said in October that she was one of the victims of the doctor, a revelation in the middle of the Weinstein affair.
In the Sunday show 60 Minutes, which was broadcast on Friday, Aly Raisman said that he had undergone the first “treatment” of Dr. Nassar at the age of 15 years. She says she spoke to the FBI after the Rio Games.
She also calls on USA Gymnastics, the American Federation to make major changes in its “culture”.
The former athlete, who claims to be “angry”, wants to “just bring change” so that young gymnasts “never have to live this again”.
As for the silence that has surrounded Dr. Nassar’s actions for so long, she asks, “Why are we not interested in what the Federation has done, what Larry Nassar has done, to manipulate these girls so much? they were afraid to talk?
In December 2016, the Indianapolis Star newspaper reported that 368 children and teenage members of clubs affiliated with the Gymnastics Federation had been victims of sexual assault over the past 20 years.
Three former members of the national team then accused Dr. Nassar of sexual abuse. According to them, the osteopathic doctor was comforted by the particular environment of high-level gymnastics, where complaints and signs of injury could endanger Olympic dreams.