Aly Raisman: ‘I’m constantly reliving my abuse’

"In the past few months, I’ve barely worked out, which for someone who loves working out, that’s saying a lot," the Needham native told The Improper Bostonian.

Aly Raisman on the cover of 'The Improper Bostonian.'
Aly Raisman on the cover of 'The Improper Bostonian.' –Brian Doben

Aly Raisman is on the cover of The Improper Bostonian, and inside the magazine, she candidly opens up about how difficult the past few months have been for her. The 24-year-old Needham native, who first shared her story of being sexually abused by a former sports doctor last November, said she feels a “great responsibility” to speak up for those around her.

“Everyone’s a survivor of something,” Raisman told the Improper. “I feel grateful that I’m being listened to and I’m being heard, because I’ve met so many people who have said, ‘I spoke up but nobody listened.'”

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The Olympic gymnastics champion, who delivered a powerful victim impact statement in court against former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar this past January, told Improper that she is “constantly reliving [her] abuse.” (Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison.)

I could hold it together in court or whatever, but then I could barely hold my head up afterward,” Raisman said. “In the past few months, I’ve barely worked out, which for someone who loves working out, that’s saying a lot.”

But she’s also positive, and looking toward the future.

When asked for three adjectives that best describe her, Raisman said, “It depends on the time period in my life. The past few months, it’s been serious, strong and tired. But now I’d also say happy, calm and hopeful. I feel happier than I did a few months ago.”

Raisman’s full interview can be found on the The Improper Bostonian website.

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