Olympian Aly Raisman Talks Sexual Abuse

2016 Rio Olympics Gymnastics Aly Raisman Simone Biles

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"It doesn't matter if you're the Olympic champion or you're an 8-year-old that goes to gymnastics in OH, or wherever you are in the United States", Raisman said in a joint interview with USA TODAY Sports and The Associated Press in August, when she and her Final Five teammates from Rio were inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

Raisman told her story in her upcoming book, "Fierce". I didn't know what sexual abuse really was, ' said Raisman. "Like, it's really not an easy thing to let yourself believe that".

Raisman spoke with FBI investigators after returning from Rio de Janeiro, where she served as captain for the U.S. national team at the 2016 Olympic Games.

She claimed that on top of seeing the physician as a friend and confidante, she also was unaware of what sexual abuse really was - which is why she didn't realize the gravity of her situation until now. "She changed my life, because this is the right thing", Raisman said.

Raisman added on "60 Minutes": "I didn't know anything differently".

"I was basically told to keep it quiet and that they were handling it", she said. "He's the United States olympic doctor and the U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor, and we were very lucky we were able to see him", said Raisman.

"When I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs... 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 said. You know, he was a doctor and he told me his treatment would help heal all of my injuries.

"I think it's important for people to know, too, I'm still trying to put the pieces together today", Raisman says.

Nassar, USA Gymnastics' team physician for almost 20 years, pleaded guilty to federal child-pornography charges in June and has been accused by more than 100 women and girls of sexual assault during his time as USA gymnastics' team doctor.

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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. "It's just nerve wracking because you don't know how people are going to react".

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

More than 130 women have accused Nassar of sexual assault.

'I said, you know, "Well, he - his touching makes me uncomfortable, but he's so nice to me,"' said the six-time medal victor.

"I was just really innocent". Allegations of sexual abuse led to his termination in 2015.

According to "60 Minutes", USA Gymnastics provided a statement saying, "it had recently adopted a "safe sport policy" that requires "mandatory reporting" of suspicions of sexual abuse and also sets standards to "prohibit grooming behavior" and "prevent inappropriate interaction" between athletes and adults".

"Society makes it hard for women who have been abused to come forward", Raisman said.

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