Olympic champion Aly Raisman hopes drawing attention to abuse will be her greatest legacy

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Aly Raisman said she, too, was sexually abused by USA Gymnastics’ longtime team physician Larry Nassar.
USA TODAY Sports

As much as she cherishes her Olympic medals, Aly Raisman hopes what she’s doing now will have even more meaning.

The captain of the Fierce Five and the Final Five has become an advocate for sexual abuse victims, using her voice and her platform – and, yes, her own experience – to bring light to a problem more widespread than society has been willing to acknowledge.

In her autobiography, Fierce, Raisman said that she, too, was abused by longtime USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar.

“It’s overwhelming, but I feel very proud of my decision,” Raisman said Tuesday in an interview with USA TODAY Sports. “It doesn’t make it easy. I’m still coping with everything. It’s hard to talk about because it’s uncomfortable.”

Nassar was USA Gymnastics’ team physician for nearly 20 years, beginning in 1996. USA Gymnastics fired him in

Article source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2017/11/21/olympic-champion-aly-raisman-hopes-drawing-attention-abuse-her-greatest-legacy/887387001/

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