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Gold medalist Aly Raisman says USA Gymnastics told her to 'be quiet' about Larry Nassar's abuse

Alex Reimer
January 17, 2018 - 3:20 pm

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman continues to share disturbing information about USA Gymnastics’ apparent complicity in former medical director Larry Nassar’s serial abuse. 

In an interview Tuesday with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Raisman says the organization covered up for Nassar, even after it knew she had been one of his victims. 

“I was told to be quiet,” Raisman said, per Boston.com. “And I think that when somebody in high power is telling you to be quiet, right when they realized you are abused, I think that that is a threat, and especially when their first concern should be to make sure I’m OK, to get information from me, to see if my other teammates were abused, to see what else I knew, to get to the bottom of it.”

Nassar pleaded guilty in November to molesting 10 girls, but is accused of sexual misconduct by several gymnasts, including Raisman, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney. The Michigan attorney general’s office is seeking at least a 40-year sentence for Nassar. His four-day sentencing trial, which has featured several statements from his victims, began Tuesday.

Raisman, who won three gold medals and hails from Needham, says USA Gymnastics did nothing to stop Nassar. 

“The second that I realized, I told my mom and then we told USA Gymnastics,” she said, via BDC. “And, to me, it seemed like they threatened me to be quiet. You know, their biggest priority from the beginning and still today is their reputation, the medals they win and the money they make off of us. I don’t think that they care.

“If they cared, then the second they realized that I was abused, they would have reached out, asked if I needed therapy, asked if I was OK, asked what they could have done and they would have — they would have made a big change. Instead, they allowed Larry to continue to work on little girls in Michigan and molest gymnasts for a very long time… I don’t know how they sleep at night.”

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