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Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman says team doctor sexually assaulted her

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 2017-11-10 By Felicia Gans

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Olympic gold medalist and Needham native Aly Raisman has accused Larry Nassar, the US national gymnastic team’s former doctor, of sexual abuse, joining more than 130 other women who have said the doctor sexually assaulted them.

Raisman will share her story in an interview with 60 Minutes that will air Sunday, CBS News wrote in a release previewing the episode. They did not include any quotes from Raisman regarding the abuse or go into any further detail.

Nassar, who is now in jail, worked with the US women’s national gymnastics team for more than two decades. He pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault, but did plead guilty to child pornography charges.

In a portion of the interview previewed by CBS News to the public, Raisman shared her frustration with the USA Gymnastics program and said she is angry.

“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.”

Raisman, who has six Olympic medals, has been an advocate for changing the culture of the USA Gymnastics program. In an August interview, she said USA Gymnastics is trying to help athletes feel safer, but has not done so openly enough.

“What people don’t realize is that this doctor was a doctor for 29 years,’’ she said at the time. ‘‘Whether or not he did it to a gymnast, they still knew him. Even if he didn’t do it to you, it’s still the trauma and the anxiety of wondering what could have happened. I think that needs to be addressed. These girls, they should be comfortable going to USA Gymnastics and saying ‘I need help, I want therapy. I need this.’”

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