Aly Raisman blames USA Gymnastics for sexual abuse by team doctor

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Aly Raisman confirmed the abuse in an interview with 60 Minutes, which is to air Sunday night.

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.

"I am angry. I'm really upset", Raisman told 60 Minutes. Ultimately, Raisman said that she was inspired to come forward by the young girls who come up to her to ask for pictures or autographs.

"And I said, you know, 'Well, he - his touching makes me uncomfortable, but he's so nice to me".

On Monday, People published an excerpt of Raisman's book, Fierce, in which the 23-year-old Needham native describes the alleged sexual abuse she experienced at the hands of the team doctor, who has been accused of sexually abusing hundreds of athletes under his care. A third Olympian, Sydney bronze medalist Jamie Dantzscher, has also said she was abused by Nassar. He is also awaiting trial on separate sexual criminal sexual conduct charges and has been sued by more than 125 women alleging sexual abuse.

Nassar was the USA Gymnastics' team physician for almost 20 years, beginning in 1996.

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Dozens of women have accused Nassar of sexual misconduct.

Like many of us, some of Raisman's teammates were impressed by her bravery and courage for coming forward, and told her so on social media.

Raisman would not divulge exactly what Nassar did to her, but she did say that Nassar began treating her at the age of 15. That's what bothers me. "I still think they're not doing everything they can".

Aly said she knew from the beginning that she would write about the incidents in her book.

'Shortly after she left, it hit me.

Raisman, whose book "Fierce" is coming out this month, told "60 Minutes" that she spoke with FBI investigators about Nassar after the Rio Olympics. "Treatment sessions" with him always made me feel tense and uncomfortable", Raisman wrote in the book being released this week.

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Her story echoes the accounts of the other athletes LaPook spoke with in February. "This is happening everywhere. I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting"'. Nassar still faces 22 state charges in MI over allegations that he sexually assaulted children, and convictions in those cases could result in a life sentence. The first USA gymnasts to speak out about Nassar appeared on 60 Minutes in February. USA Gymnastics announced this week that Kerry Perry, formerly the vice president of business development at Learfield Communications, would start as CEO on December 1.

She blames USA Gymnastics, which has a standing policy against adults being alone with minors, for not looking out for her and the other athletes.

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"What did USA Gymnastics do and Larry Nassar do to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?" she asks.

Raisman has been highly critical of USA Gymnastics in recent months, calling for leadership change at the top of the organization while advocating for athlete's rights.

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