Aly Raisman: Gymnastics Team Doctor Was a 'Master Manipulator'

Aly Raisman: Gymnastics Team Doctor Was a 'Master Manipulator'

Three-time gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar and is "angry" about the culture that allowed the abuse to go on, she said in an interview with "60 Minutes".

Raisman stated that she was sexually abused by the national team doctor, Larry Nassar, who worked with the USA women's national team and athletes at Michigan State University for over two decades. If she said anything about her experience with Dr. Nassar or going public with her accusations, reporters were not invited inside to hear.

USA Gymnastics also said it has adopted a new "safe sport policy" in response to the Nassar scandal that requires "mandatory reporting" of suspicions of sexual abuse.

"Nobody ever educated me on, 'Make sure you're not alone with an adult.' You know, 'Make sure he's not making you uncomfortable.' I didn't know the signs", Raisman said. "Like, it's really not an easy thing to let yourself believe that".

The gold medalist said she had no idea that Nassar, who has also been accused of sexual abuse by McKayla Maroney, Raisman's teammate from the 2012 London games, gained their trust by building an emotional bond with the athletes.

Raisman says a lot of people have asked her why Nassar's accusers didn't speak up sooner. "Even right now, it's uncomfortable and it's hard for me to talk about, but it's made me into a stronger person", she said. Aly added, "I want people to know, one bad chapter in the book or in your life, it doesn't mean your story is over".

"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", she told USA Today and the AP.

Raisman went on to explain to "Today" that she always thought Vassar was "weird", but that she also considered him a friend because he always brought her gifts and desserts.

The sleazy physician previously admitted to possession of child pornography and is now being sued by 140 women.

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Raisman, 23, says she was first treated by Dr. Nassar when she was 15.

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).

Raisman first spoke out against Nassar in August, after 125 women filed a lawsuit against him in criminal court, claiming he sexually assaulted them under the guise of treatment.

'I said, you know, "Well, he - his touching makes me uncomfortable, but he's so nice to me,"' said the six-time medal victor. 'He must be exhausted from a long day, ' I would think, and wonder why he made me so uncomfortable.

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

USA Gymnastics has said it is taking steps toward creating a safer environment for its athletes.

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

"I was just really innocent. I had never really worked with another doctor or trainer before, and everyone said he was the best", she said. "It should have never ever happened and I think that needs to be discussed more".

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