Since opening up to the public last week about how USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar allegedly sexually abused her, Aly Raisman is powering forward in her crusade to speak out against sexual abuse and effect changes that will stop this from happening to others.
One of America's biggest Olympic stars has come forward to accuse the former USA women's gymnastics team doctor of sexual abuse.
Raisman says she had considered the doctor to be a friend, but later realized he was manipulating her.
"It wasn't until I started seeing other doctors and athletic trainers that I began to realize that their methods were far different from Larry's", she writes in her new book, which will be released on November 14. I didn't know what sexual abuse really was, ' said Raisman. "It's really not an easy thing to let yourself believe that".
Despite this personal tragedy and what many see as a huge failure of USA Gymnastics to protect young women like Raisman, the two-time Olympic team captain confirmed Monday morning on Today that she will be back for the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
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"I would grit my teeth", she writes, "trying to convince myself that all this was part of the healing process". 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".
"I was in denial", she tells LaPook on the broadcast.
USA Gymnastics hired former federal prosecutor Deborah Daniels to review its practices, and her report found USA Gymnastics needed a "complete cultural change" so safety and well-being of athletes was a greater priority than world and Olympic medals. "I'm really upset. I care a lot and when I see these young girls and they come up and ask for pictures I just I look at them". You know, so I just- I trusted him ...
Nassar is now in jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.
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Raisman, 23, said she thought team doctor Larry Nassar, who spent almost 30 years with the organization and began treating her when she was just 15, was providing medical care. You know, you don't think that of someone.
In August, Raisman criticized the way USA Gymnastics handled sexual assault complaints against Nassar and others involved with the organization. You know, I didn't know it was wrong. "I really thought he was looking out for me", she told CBS.
"I just thought he was weird".
USA Gymnastics issued a statement to 60 Minutes, claiming they have instituted a new "safe sport policy" which requires mandatory reporting of suspicions of sexual abuse and seeks to "prevent inappropriate interaction" between adults and athletes.
"Society makes it hard for women who have been abused to come forward", Raisman said. The teen wrote to Aly to say that she had read Aly's statements about the abuse, and that Aly's bravery in speaking out had given her the courage to speak up about her own sexual abuse at the hands of her father.
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