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Aly Raisman blames USA Gymnastics for sexual abuse by team doctor

13 November 2017, 08:59 | Sandy Nunez

Read Sexual Assault & Harassment Know No Industry Women Like Rose Mc Gowan & Mc Kayla Maroney Are Speaking Up but Men Have to Do Better

Read				Sexual Assault & Harassment Know No Industry Women Like Rose Mc Gowan & Mc Kayla Maroney Are Speaking Up but Men Have to Do Better

Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman says she does not want other girls to endure what she did.

The 23-year-old from Needham, Massachusetts, has won six Olympic medals for gymnastics for the United States of America team, and was captain of the "Final Five" gymnastic team that took the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio by storm.

She also says she's angry especially during the 60 minutes interview where Raisman expresses her frustration when asked why Larry Nassar's accusers chose not to speak up sooner.

"It wasn't until I started seeing other doctors and athletic trainers that I began to realize that their methods were far different from Larry's", she writes in her new book, which will be released on November 14. I didn't know what sexual abuse really was. "It's really not an easy thing to let yourself believe that".

"I am angry", said Raisman, who captained the U.S. team at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio games.

"Fierce Five" teammate McKayla Maroney said last month she was also abused by Nassar.

Raisman would not go into the graphic details of what Nassar did to her, but she did reveal who she believes is to blame. "I told her literally everything, except for that, because I didn't know". 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.

"He would always bring me, you know, desserts or gifts". I was making excuses for him and it's not right, ' Raisman said on Monday while appearing on Megyn Kelly Today.

Nassar pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges in July, and he faces 22 to 27 years in prison when he's sentenced on December 7.

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She said she was first treated by Nassar when she was 15 and eight years later is still struggling to come to terms with what happened.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, you can seek help by calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673).

"He was such a master manipulator, and I think that's what's important for people to understand is that these monsters are so good at manipulating you so you're so brainwashed to think ― I thought he was so nice", she added. He is also awaiting trial on separate sexual criminal sexual conduct charges and has been sued by more than 125 women alleging sexual abuse.

The entire situation was made all the more confusing said Raisman because of Dr. Nassar's behavior. "I had never really worked with another doctor or trainer before, and everyone said he was the best", she said.

USA Gymnastics, in a statement to "60 Minutes", said it is "very sorry that any athlete has been harmed".

'You know, I think that's a very valid point, ' said Raisman.

She said she's still dealing with the effects of the abuse.

In an appearance on Today to promote her book, Aly opened up about why she has made a decision to speak out.

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