Aly Raisman tells 60 Minutes she was sexually abused by gymnastics team doctor

The 23-year-old Needham native told CBS that she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar at the age of 15.

Aly Raisman at Faneuil Hall
Aly Raisman speaks at the Forbes Under 30 Summit at Faneuil Hall. –Benjamin Esakof/Forbes

Aly Raisman says she was sexually abused by a doctor who worked for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, 60 Minutes reports.

The 23-year-old Needham native told CBS that she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar at the age of 15 and says she describes the abuse in her forthcoming book, “Fierce.”

Nassar is in prison in Michigan after pleading guilty to federal child porn charges in July. He has pleaded not guilty to separate criminal sexual conduct charges and is being sued by more than 125 women who allege he sexually assaulted them in civil court.

Raisman told the CBS News program about the alleged abuse during an interview set to air Sunday at 7 p.m.

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“Why are we looking at why didn’t the girls speak up?” the three-time Olympic gold medalist asked, in a clip CBS posted online. “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?”

Raisman told 60 Minutes she spoke with FBI investigators about Nassar after the Rio Olympics. 

“I am angry,” she said. “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 has been outspoken in calling for change inside the USA Gymnastics organization for its handling of the abuse allegations made against Nassar, who worked for USA Gymnastics for decades.

USA Gymnastics issued a statement following news of Raisman’s announcement about her abuse, expressing solidarity with the gymnast and saying it took “great courage” for her to come forward.

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“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,” the organization said.

One of Raisman’s former teammates, McKayla Maroney, shared in October that the doctor started sexually abusing her when she was in her teen and that the molestation continued for the rest of her career. Maroney and Raisman were both part of the “Fierce Five” U.S. women’s gymnastics team at the 2012 Olympics in London.