Second member of Fierce Five says she was abused by doctor

Ross Houston
November 13, 2017

U.S. Olympian Aly Raisman, who won six medals (three of them gold) at the last two Olympic games, has joined a list of over 130 women claiming to have been sexually abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar.

Raisman, 23, said she began seeing the doctor when she was 15.

The Massachusetts native said being treated by Nassar always made her feel uncomfortable and she describes the alleged abused in her new book "Fierce". I was like, 'I don't even know what to think.' You don't want to let yourself believe that, you know, I am a victim of sexual abuse. "Like, it's really not an easy thing to let yourself believe that".

Raisman's teammate, McKayla Maroney, 21, revealed last month that she too had been molested by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment.

Raisman also appeared on NBC's "Today" show on Monday, where she said she had no idea she was being sexually abused because Nassar was "such a master manipulator".

"I would grit my teeth", she writes, "trying to convince myself that all this was part of the healing process". "I didn't really know". We were told he is the best doctor.

Because the athletes were instructed to keep a strict diet while they were training, former gymnast Jeanette Antolin says Dr. Nassar would sneak them snacks and candy.

"I think the most important thing, if anyone takes anything away from this interview is sit down with your kids and explain to them that predators aren't just strangers", says Aly's mother, Lynn Raisman.

"He would give me gifts so I really thought he was my friend, and he always seemed he had my back", Raisman said on Today. He pleaded guilty to child pornography charges but not guilty to charges of sexual assault.

"We are appalled by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused, and we are very sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career", they said in a statement released soon after Raisman went public with her allegations.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, you can seek help by calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673). "Over the years, among the girls who were invited to camps, there was some talk of Larry and his 'treatment methods.' Most of us thought the way he touched us was weird". "I still think they're not doing everything they can".

'I said, you know, "Well, he - his touching makes me uncomfortable, but he's so nice to me,"' said the six-time medal victor. She says the secret treats and friendly conversation helped build trust with the young gymnasts. The now-disgraced doctor, who has been accused of abusing more than 100 young female athletes, faces 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual misconduct and is awaiting sentencing. "I had never really worked with another doctor or trainer before, and everyone said he was the best", she said.

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.

Other reports by iNewsToday