Sad to think that three-time gold-medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman was told to be quiet about her abuse from Dr. Larry Nassar. In fact the USA Gymnastics even “threatened” her to be quiet. What is wrong with these people? When did winning a gold medal for the US become more important than protecting a young lady from sexual abuse?
Aly Raisman told ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Tuesday that USA Gymnastics threatened her to be quiet when she first reported to the organization her sexual abuse by Larry Nassar. Raisman doesn’t know how the organization’s officials sleep at night. Afterall, they allowed Dr. Nassar to continue treating gymnasts even after they realized Raisman had been abused. How SICK!
“I was told to be quiet,” Raisman told Outside the Lines. “And I think that when somebody in high power is telling you to be quiet, right when they realized you are abused, I think that that is a threat, and especially when their first concern should be to make sure I’m OK, to get information from me, to see if my other teammates were abused, to see what else I knew, to get to the bottom of it.”
This sounds a lot like similar sexual abuse charges against Hollywood director and pervert Harvey Weinstein.
Raisman came forward in November. Raisman was only one of 125 women — including Olympic medalists, college athletes in multiple sports and family friends — to have filed complaints to police against Nassar since September 2016, alleging sexual abuse. More than 150 women have filed civil suits.
USA Gymnastics issued a statement Monday, saying the organization “admires and supports the young women who have courageously stepped forward to share their stories of abuse” and that it is “sorry that any athlete was harmed during her gymnastics career.”
Seriously! Do you think that is geniune? Hard to believe after they told Raisman to be quiet!
Raisman, a two-time national team captain, took umbrage to USA Gymnastics’ statement, saying “they don’t mean it.”
“… USA Gymnastics just said, ‘We’re handling this. We got this. Like, stop asking us questions. Don’t talk about it because you’re going to tip off the investigation.’ So I didn’t want to jeopardize anything. Come to find out, [USA Gymnastics] didn’t report it right away.”
“The second that I realized [she was being abused by Nassar], I told my mom and then we told USA Gymnastics,” Raisman, a six-time Olympic medalist, told Outside the Lines. “And, to me, it seemed like they threatened me to be quiet. You know, their biggest priority from the beginning and still today is their reputation, the medals they win and the money they make off of us. I don’t think that they care. If they cared, then the second they realized that I was abused, they would have reached out, asked if I needed therapy, asked if I was OK, asked what they could have done and they would have — they would have made a big change.”
AMEN! What is WRONG with these people?!!! How could USA Gymnastics continue to allow young females to be sexually abused!?
Dr. Nassar, 54, the former national medical director for USA Gymnastics, and a renowned physician at Michigan State University’s sports clinic, pleaded guilty in November to 10 total counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct as part of a plea deal. A four-day sentencing hearing for the disgraced former doctor and convicted serial sexual predator on seven of those counts began Tuesday in Lansing, Michigan.
He faces a sentence of 40 to 125 years in prison for sexual abuse after already being sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges.
This is one sick dude! But there is NO EXCUSE for an organization that represents the United States of America in world sports.