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Aly Raisman Opens up About Sexual Abuse by Team Doctor

Aly Raisman Opens up About Sexual Abuse by Team Doctor

As Radar readers know, former Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney also came forward to accuse Nassar of having sexually assaulted her multiple times over many years.

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.

More than 130 women, many of them former athletes, have accused Nassar of sexual assault, 60 Minutes reports - many filing civil lawsuits alleging that Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of treating them for hip, back and other athletic injuries.

He has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges and could face life in prison if he is convicted of the 22 criminal sexual conduct charges he is facing.

Raisman is also expected to discuss her new book, "Fierce", with 60 Minutes.

Nassar, who was involved with USA Gymnastics for almost three decades as a trainer and national medical coordinator, already faces 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and could receive a sentence of life in prison.

Raisman said she spoke to FBI investigators after serving as national team captain at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is, I just..." The 31-year-old claimed Nassar's inappropriate interactions occurred for several years, beginning when she was just 13. Raisman, who says she's "angry" and "really upset" about what happened to her and others, originally addressed in August the many accusations against Nassar, but at the time she didn't get into her own history with Nassar.

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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?" Raisman told 60 Minutes.

The scandal in the sport led to the resignation of USA Gymnastics chief executive Steve Penny in March of this year.

More than 130 women have filed lawsuits against Nassar, saying he sexually abused them as he worked with the USA gymnastics team for more than two decades.

They told 60 Minutes USA Gymnastics has since adopted a "safe sport policy" that requires mandatory reporting of suspicions of sexual abuse. "We are grateful to the athletes that brought their concerns about Dr. Nassar to USA Gymnastics".