As accusations continue to surface about Hollywood elites who leveraged their power to sexually abuse or harass individuals, more and more victims outside of the celebrity spectrum continue to step forward with experiences of their own.
Olympic gold medalist and U.S. Gymnastics team captain Aly Raisman, is speaking out this week, accusing former team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse.
In an interview set to air this Sunday, the 23-year-old told 60 Minutes that Nassar first treated her when she was 15. It wasn’t until after the 2016 Olympic games in Rio that she spoke to FBI investigators about the longtime USA gymnastics physician.
Raisman explains that she hopes speaking up now will somehow change the culture, and save other young girls from ever having to go through what she has. She goes on to say that people have asked her why more of Nassar’s accusers hadn’t come forward sooner and criticizes the way USA Gymnastics handled the doctor and abuse.
“Why are we looking at why didn’t the girls speak up? Why not look at what about the culture? What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?”
Nassar has been accused of assaulting at least 140 girls and women, who were abused under the guise of his medical treatment and care.
Raisman’s public claims about the former doctor’s misconduct come just one month after former teammate McKayla Maroney opened up about being sexually abused by Nassar.
“This is happening everywhere,” Maroney wrote on Twitter. “Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be potential for abuse. I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting.”‘
In July, Nassar pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges after federal investigators uncovered hard drives in the doctor’s home, containing more than 37,000 images of child pornography, including videos of Nassar assaulting young girls in his home swimming pool.
He faces 33 charges of criminal sexual conduct in Michigan, where he is on trial. Nasser is looking at 22 to 27 years in prison when he’s sentenced on December 7.