On this date in 2017: Aly Raisman reveals sexual assault by Larry Nassar

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On Friday, November 10, 2017, two-time gymnast Aly Raisman joined 2012 United States women’s Olympic gymnastics “Fierce Five” teammate McKayla Maroney in accusing 55-year-old disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State physician Larry Nassar of sexual assault.

Maroney became the first high-profile gymnast to accuse Nassar of sexual assault when she did so on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Raisman became the second when she did so just over three weeks later.

Since then, five of the other six members of the 2012 and/or the 2016 United States women’s Olympic gymnastics have done so.

Raisman, who won six medals, including three gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is one of the now more than 300 people who have accused Nassar of sexual assault.

She revealed that Nassar sexually assaulted her in an interview that aired on Sunday, November 12, 2017 on CBS’ 60 Minutes, as well as in her new book, Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything, which was published on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Here is a clip of what aired on CBS on Friday, November 10, 2017 pertaining to Raisman and the sexual assault that she was forced to endure at Nassar’s hands.

Raisman has undoubtedly been one of the most vocal critics if not the most vocal critic of the people and institutions that protected, defended and enabled Nassar for more than 20 years while he got away with his predatory behavior, including but not limited to USA Gymnastics, the United States Olympic Committee and Michigan State University, all of which she has sued, and she has constantly been pushing for huge changes within these organizations.

In fact, Raisman recently filed court documents requesting permission to take a deposition from Nassar in prison. As a part of her lawsuit against USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee, the 24-year-old Needham, Massachusetts native wants Nassar to tell her who else know about his sexual assault and did not do anything about it.

Nassar is set to spend the rest of his life in prison. He was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison back in December on three child pornography charges by U.S. District Judge Janet Neff.

Nassar was serving this prison sentence at United States Penitentiary, Tucson, a maximum-security federal prison in Tucson, Arizona, before his lawyers revealed that he was physically assaulted within hours of his release into the general population of the prison.

Weeks later, Nassar was transferred to the Federal Transfer Center, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and he was recently transferred to United States Penitentiary, Coleman II.

In January, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced Nassar to between 40 and 175 years in state prison on seven sexual assault charges following a seven-day sentencing hearing in Ingham County, Michigan during which 169 victim impact statements were delivered in front of Nassar in court.

Of those 169 victim impact statements, 156 were delivered by people who have accused Nassar of sexual assault and the other 13 were delivered on the behalves of those who have accused him of sexual assault.

Raisman is one of Nassar’s accusers who delivered her victim impact statement during this January sentencing hearing, and her statement was a scathing statement that got worldwide attention almost immediately.

In February, Judge Janice Cunningham sentenced Nassar between an additional 40 and 125 more years in state prison on three more sexual assault charges following a three-day sentencing hearing in Eaton County, Michigan during which 65 victim impact statements were delivered in front of Nassar in court.

In June, Nassar was charged with six counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child in stemming from the Károlyi Ranch investigation in Texas, but he was not issued any additional prison time as a result of these charges.

Nassar has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 330 individuals, many of whom female gymnasts, under the guise of medical treatment for more than two decades.

In addition to Raisman and Maroney, among those who have accused Nassar of sexual assault are Olympic champion gymnasts Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Madison KocianKyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber.

 

-Asher Fair

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