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Gold Medal-Winner, Abuse Survivor Aly Raisman To Speak At WCTC

Patch logo Patch 7/13/2021 Dan Shalin
Aly Raisman smiling for the camera: Aly Raisman captained the gold medal-winning U.S. Women's Gymnastics teams in 2012 and 2016. At the 2012 Olympics, she became the first American gymnast to win gold in the floor exercise, and in 2016, she earned a silver medal in the all-around. © Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Aly Raisman captained the gold medal-winning U.S. Women's Gymnastics teams in 2012 and 2016. At the 2012 Olympics, she became the first American gymnast to win gold in the floor exercise, and in 2016, she earned a silver medal in the all-around.

PEWAUKEE, WI —With the Summer Olympics beginning this month in Tokyo, Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) announced Tuesday that it is welcoming renowned gymnast and gold medal-winner Aly Raisman to speak live on campus on Sept. 15

The event is part of the WCTC Speaker Series, for which the school is committed to bringing thoughtful speakers to campus to share their inspiring, personal stories and triumphs, according to release.

Raisman's message will be about more than just athletic triumph. According to the school, the 27-year-old Raisman uses her platform to promote body positivity, encouraging people to be comfortable in their own skin. Additionally, Raisman is a sexual abuse survivor, one of hundreds of victims of former Team USA doctor Larry Nassar, who currently is serving what amounts to a life sentence in prison for his crimes.

"September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month – a time to focus on bystander intervention and victim empowerment," said Sherry Simmons, WCTC chief diversity and compliance officer, and member of the college's speaker series planning committee.

"In doing so, WCTC is excited to host Aly Raisman on our campus. She continues to advocate for systematic changes within gymnastics and is focused on efforts to help to eradicate sexual abuse in youth sports. During her courageous fight, Aly and other sexual abuse survivors were awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in 2018."

Raisman's appearance, which will be in a moderated question-and-answer format, is scheduled for noon at the Anthony J. Natalizio (AJN) Center in Building S, on the college's main campus, 800 Main St., Pewaukee. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. The event costs $45 for community members, a price that includes a light lunch. Registration is required and opens online July 26.

America's second-most decorated female Olympic gymnast, Raisman served as the team captain of the gold medal-winning U.S. Women's Gymnastics teams in 2012 and 2016. At the 2012 Games, she was the first American gymnast to win gold in the floor exercise, and at the 2016 Games, she earned a silver medal in the All-Around competition.

Raisman's bestselling memoir, "Fierce" - in which she shares the highs and lows of her journey, including her survival of sexual abuse - will be available for purchase at the event, though supplies are limited.

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