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Aly Raisman, Olympic Gymnast, Accuses Team Doctor of Abuse

Aly Raisman, Olympic Gymnast, Accuses Team Doctor of Abuse

United States' Aly Raisman displays her silver medal for floor during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (Rebecca Blackwell/AP)

By    |   Friday, 10 November 2017 11:30 AM

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman said she was sexually abused by a former U.S. gymnastics team doctor, The Boston Globe reported.

Over 130 women have spoken up against Larry Nassar, claiming that the former doctor had sexually assaulted them during his two decades working with the team.

Raisman now joins that list and is expected to reveal details of her experience in an interview with 60 Minutes, which is set to air on Sunday.

According to a news release previewing the episode, CBS News noted that the 23-year-old gymnast first received treatment by Nassar when she was 15 years old.

She and a number of other former athletes have claimed that the doctor, who worked with the U.S. women’s national gymnastics team, would use athletic injuries as an excuse to sexually abuse them.

Nassar, who has since been imprisoned, has pleaded guilty to charges of child pornography but dismissed the claims of sexual assault.

Raisman spoke about this, and about why Nassar’s accusers had not come forth sooner, in a segment of the interview previewed by CBS News.

"What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?" she queried. "I am 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’s revelation comes a month after fellow team Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney said Nassar had sexually abused her from the age of 13, CNN noted.

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