'Stop victim shaming!' Olympian Aly Raisman blasts USA Gymnastics

Alicia Farmer
January 13, 2018

Her attorney also had harsh words for the organization accusing it of a "brazen attempt to cover up the largest child sex abuse scandal in sports".

"My back was really hurting me, I couldn't even really bend down, and I remember he took me into the training room, closed the door and closed the blinds", she said. All three organizations, along with Nassar and several current and former MSU officials, are being sued by some 140 women and girls who say Nassar sexually abused them. But I was only 15 and I just thought he was trying to be nice to me.

Nassar worked for decades at Michigan State University and with USA Gymnastics and Twistars gymnastics club in Dimondale.

Since her letter became public, Nichols has been complimented for her bravery through social media.

The AG's Office was informed today that the two Michigan State University officials plan to attend the sentencing hearing on Tuesday, spokeswoman Andrea Bitely said. "Also, the complainant was not a gymnast or a minor, nor did the complaint involve allegations of penetration".

"Contrary to reported accusations, USA Gymnastics never attempted to hide Nassar's misconduct".

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She went on to say that USA Gymnastics should be investigated, there should be systemic change and that the problem is bigger than Nassar and former USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny.

U.S. gymnastics didn't approach the Federal Bureau of Investigation until Aly Raisman and Michaela Maroney also came forward. USA Gymnastics cooperated fully with the FBI, including the agents' July 28, 2015, request to not do anything that might interfere with their investigation.

As captain, Raisman brought home team gold medals in both Olympic games. She was not selected for the Olympic team and said a knee injury was part of what prevented her from continuing. He faces more time for sexual abuse charges. "It was a lot to take mentally because I was watching all of the other girls getting better and better".

Since joining the University of Oklahoma a year ago, Nichols has ranked first in the nation, and ESPN called her "the best collegiate gymnast in the country". "We were told United States of America gymnastics would handle it", Nichols' dad told WCCO's Esme Murphy. "Never, nothing", she said.

Nassar, 54, of Holt, to 10 sexual assault charges split between Ingham and Eaton counties as part of plea agreements that set his minimum sentence between 25 and 40 years in prison. The suggestion by plaintiff's counsel John Manly, who indicates that he is representing Maggie, that USA Gymnastics tried to silence athletes or keep the investigation secret to avoid headlines before the Rio Olympics and to protect Los Angeles' Olympic bid is entirely baseless.

In December 2017, Nasser was sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. "We were subjected to Dr. Nassar at every National Team Camp which occurred monthly at the Karolyi Ranch. Instead, he violated our innocence".

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