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Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman Says She Was Sexually Abused By Team Doctor

Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman Says She Was Sexually Abused By Team Doctor

The six-time Olympic medalist told 60 Minutes that she first spoke to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the disgraced doctor in 2016, and doesn't understand why it took so long for the allegations to go public.

Raisman, who won six medals at two Olympic games, including three gold medals, said she was first treated by Nassar at the age of 15.

Raisman told "60 Minutes" that the alleged abuse started when she was 15. "Why not look at what about the culture?"

Larry Nassar is accused of multiple sexual abuse on gymnasts for almost 20 years.

In an interview that will be aired on "60 Minutes" on Sunday, Raisman, 23, accuses Nassar of sexual abuse. She said she feels as though the organizations were more concerned with protecting their image and protecting themselves legally than with preventing abuse in the future. "I need this, '" Raisman said in an interview with The Associated Press and USA Today in August during the 2017 national championships. "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". She talks about her experiences in a new book called "Fierce".

Raisman said she spoke to FBI investigators after serving as national team captain at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Maroney revealed allegations in a tweet on October 18, in which she included the hashtag #MeToo.

Raisman is the latest gymnast to claim she was sexually abused by Nassar.

"Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving 'medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years, '" Maroney wrote. He's now in jail in MI awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. He was sacked by USA Gymnastics in 2015 after working with the organization since 1986 - he had been its national medical coordinator since 1996, the New York Times reported. "And then he just continued to go into more and more intimate places", Jessica Howard, who suffered from severe hip problems when she was a gymnast, told CBS' 60 Minutes in an episode that aired February 17. "He'd given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a 'treatment.' I thought I was going to die that night".

Aly Raisman is the most prominent athlete to come forward so far about Nassar.

The scandal in the sport led to the resignation of USA Gymnastics chief executive Steve Penny in March of this year. "USA Gymnastics is very sorry that any athlete has been harmed..." the statement says, "...we want to work with Aly and all interested athletes to keep athletes safe".

USA Gymnastics launched an independent review of its policies in the wake of the allegations against Nassar in the summer of 2016, following reporting by the Indianapolis Star that highlighted chronic mishandling of abuse allegations against coaches and staff at some of its more than 3,500 clubs across the country.