Gymnastics scandal: Aly Raisman sues US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics

Olympic champion Aly Raisman filed a lawsuit this week against the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, claiming that their inaction enabled former team doctor Larry Nassar to sexually abuse her and more than a hundred other women and girls for years.

Despite having the power, authority and mandate to discipline Nassar, there was never any intervention by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Gymnastics or former top USA Gymnastics executives, who were also named as defendants, according to Raisman's lawsuit.

The complaint says Nassar sexually abused Raisman at the Karolyi Ranch National Training Center in Walker County, Texas, at national and worldwide competitions and during the London Olympics in 2012.

"It has become painfully clear that these organisations have no intention of properly addressing this problem". I refuse to wait any longer for these organisations to do the right thing. USA Gymnastics just said, 'We're handling this.

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Nassar pleaded guilty last year to molesting female athletes under the guise of medical treatment for almost 20 years, and in January and February was given two prison sentences in MI of 40 to 125 years, and 40 to 175 years.

The USOC and USA Gymnastics, the suit said, "Failed to implement reasonable safeguards to avoid acts of unlawful sexual conduct by (Nassar) in the future, including avoiding placement of Nassar in a position where contact and interaction with children is an inherent function".

Nassar is also alleged to have pulled down Jacob Moore's pants and exposed his genitalia to a minor female gymnast who was also present.

The lawsuit alleges that the USOC, "at the highest levels of its organization", was aware of Nassar's abuse and harassment of female gymnasts in his role as team doctor, according to ESPN. I January, a MI judge sentenced Nassar to a total of at least 140 years in prison.

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John Manly, Raisman's attorney, accused the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics of "a conspiracy to silence victims and cover-up the largest child sex abuse scandal in history".

Raisman continues to suffer from depression, anxiety and fear resulting from Nassar's sexual abuse.

Nassar worked for USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades.

USA Gymnastics has undergone a massive overhaul in the a year ago. Kamerin, a member of the junior USA national team from 2008 to 2009, first described her sibling's troubling experience while recalling her own disturbing story, in which Nassar allegedly asked if he could "videotape" her during a procedure, during his sentencing hearing in January.

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