Aly Raisman On Larry Nassar Abuse: "This Tragedy Could Have Been Avoided"

Florence Fletcher
January 22, 2018

"They grow into strong women, that return to destroy your world".

She also blamed Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee for his continued work with athletes.

In his comments on the matter, Izzo expressed empathy towards the victims, but also said he hoped the right person was convicted, indicating he wasn't completely sold on Nassar being a serial child abuser. The USOC has said it first became aware of potential abuse by Nassar in 2015, when USA Gymnastics has said it first became aware and contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Talk is cheap", Raisman said in her statement, addressing new USA Gymnastics president and CEO Kerry Perry.

By the time Denhollander was sent to Nassar for treatment, four different women had raised concerns about him. I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar.

Denhollander was 15 when she first encountered Nassar in 2000. "This is when he started performing the procedure that we are all now familiar with", Wieber told the court. "Only then can we know what changes are needed". "And with that hand he would penetrate us, he would penetrate me vaginally, anally, there would be genital stimulation". "And left scars on my psyche that may never go away".

The shadow cast by Nassar's crimes envelops an entire generation of female gymnasts and their families.

Like Raisman, Maroney, Douglas, Simone Biles and other Team USA members, Wieber laid the blame for Nassar's abuse at the doorstep of USA Gymnastics, the sport's governing body, pointing out that her parents were not allowed to accompany her to the Karolyi Ranch when she was a minor. She said she initially "had no idea there were other victims". What she has done for this university, what she stood for, not only - athletics is a small part - for women's groups, for different groups, I think she's been a champion. “Seeing all these gymnasts come forward, its still here.

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'Larry could have been stopped in 1997 when there was only a small handful of known victims. I am here to face you, Larry, so you can see I've regained my strength. "I thought I was going to die that night", she recalled of the incident.

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Penny resigned in March, under fire for the federation's lack of response to accusations against Nassar.

Over 100 women in total are expected to give statements before the judge decides on Nassar's sentencing.

I have to say that I have the utmost faith and respect for the leadership of our president, too, at Michigan State. It breeds a trusting, obedient relationship between athlete and gymnast.

Last year, USA Gymnastics conducted an independent internal review of its child protection policies but has rejected calls for any review of the organization's specific handling of Nassar and any complaints or concerns about his conduct over the years. "No, we're going to be doing this for quite some time".

In Canada, he says organizations need to have a process through which concerns can be raised, but that ultimately the authorities need to be involved.

Now a graduate of Michigan State University, Ms. Anderson said: "I am disgusted to my core that this man was able to harm so many under their responsibility".

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