Aly Raisman: Gymnastics Team Doctor Was a 'Master Manipulator'


In her new book, Aly Raisman says it wasn't until she started seeing other doctors and athletic trainers that she began to realize that the so-called "treatment" she received from USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was not typical.

Aly Raisman's undeniable talent and grace under pressure at two consecutive Olympics made her a role model to young gymnasts around the world, but it's what she endured behind the scenes that makes her journey to becoming a gold-medal-winning gymnast all the more inspiring.

Nassar, USA Gymnastics' team physician for almost 20 years, pleaded guilty to federal child-pornography charges in June and has been accused by more than 100 women and girls of sexual assault during his time as USA gymnastics' team doctor.

He has also pleaded guilty to federal child porn charges. You know, you don't think that of someone. Raisman stated during the interview. "I really thought he was looking out for me".

Clubs are now "required to report child abuse or neglect, including sexual misconduct, to proper authorities, including the U.S. Center for SafeSport and law enforcement authorities". "I didn't really know".

She said she was first treated by Nassar when she was 15 and eight years later is still struggling to come to terms with what happened. "I kept reaching out, saying I wanted to meet [the investigator] again, because after I had time to process it, I realized, this is really bad".

'USA Gymnastics failed its most basic responsibility to protect the athletes under its care, ' said Dantzscher through tears.

On Today, Raisman said that her interview already empowered one young girl to speak out about her alleged abuser. "And I'm not going to stop until I get what I want, which is change".

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. The organization said in a statement to "Today" that investigators interviewed several gymnasts, including Raisman, and Nassar was sacked as a result. She also said that she spoke to FBI investigators about him after last year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. And I think that's what's important for people to understand is that these monsters are so good at manipulating you.

"You don't want to let yourself believe, but you know, I am a victim of sexual abuse", Raisman, 23, explained.

'"And I don't think he does it on goal because, you know, I think he cares about me"'. You know, you don't think that of someone.

Like many of us, some of Raisman's teammates were impressed by her bravery and courage for coming forward, and told her so on social media.

Raisman first spoke out against Nassar in August, after 125 women filed a lawsuit against him in criminal court, claiming he sexually assaulted them under the guise of treatment.

She was then asked if she had any concern about what repercussions might arise because she spoke out.

She spoke about the emotional and verbal abuse she was forced to deal with during her time with USA Gymnastics while stating that there is an "urgent need" to change the culture of the organization.