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Aly Raisman lashes out at USA Gymnastics and US Olympic Committee

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Asher Fair
Modified 14 Feb 2018

As previously documented, two-time Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman has been on a verbal onslaught of the institutions that enabled Larry Nassar's predatory behavior ever since going public with her sexual assault allegations against him last November.

These institutions include Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee.

Nassar, 54, is the disgraced former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor who has been accused of sexually assaulting over 260 girls and women over the course of at least two decades.

Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison in December on three child pornography charges before being sentenced to between 40 and 175 years in state prison last month on seven sexual assault charges and between 40 and 125 more years in state prison earlier this month on three more sexual assault charges.

Raisman's verbal onslaught against Nassar's enablers has still not shown any signs of slowing down, and it likely won't slow down until changes are made to the culture in which Nassar was able to thrive as a sexual predator for decades.

At this point, her primary goal is to ensure that a scandal like this one will never happen again, and she has gone about that by calling for changes to take place within the numerous organizations that enabled Nassar to thrive for as long as he did. Step one in creating any kind of change is recognizing the problem, and Raisman has certainly done that.

Since revealing a few months ago that she was assaulted, Raisman has constantly called out the way these organizations have responded to this scandal and the fact that they failed to stop Nassar while he was assaulting athletes under the guise of medical treatment despite having several chances to do so over the course of many years.

Raisman recently lashed out at USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee for only caring about "medals, reputation and money." Here is what she had to say about this subject in a recent interview with CNN.

"I would love for USA Gymnastics and USOC to hear this loud and clear...since they only care about medals, reputation and money, if we were that successful while we were being molested, wouldn't we have been more successful if we had the right doctor that actually helped heal our injuries that didn't traumatize us?"

Here is a video of that interview.


Since then, she made a point to lash out at USOC CEO Scott Blackmun, according to CNN.

"I have not heard from (USOC CEO) Scott Blackmun. I posted a lot on Twitter against the United States Olympic Committee. I did receive an email from one of their lawyers and he was more concerned about how they look. You know, asking me why -- kind of why I was tweeting."
"It's interesting because in August of 2017, I got a form letter email from Scott Blackmun saying congratulations, it's been a year, on your gold medal performance. So I know he has my email. So why I haven't heard from him now? That just shows he cares more about gold medals than he does about my well-being or anyone else's."

There has been growing pressure for Blackmun to resign from his position as the CEO of the USOC. Several officials have already resigned from Michigan State and USA Gymnastics in recent weeks as a result of this scandal, including former Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon and the entire USA Gymnastics board.

Published 14 Feb 2018, 09:41 IST
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