Raisman suing USOC, USA Gymnastics

Federal investigations and legislation prompted by Larry Nassar

Federal investigations and legislation prompted by Larry Nassar

Who is Dr. Larry Nassar, former United States of America gymnastics team doctor?

Raisman, a six-time Olympic medalist and former team captain, says in the complaint that Nassar sexually abused her at the Karolyi Ranch National Training Center and at competitions both in the United States and overseas, including the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

News reported that Raisman says the USOC knew that Nassar was abusing her and other athletes by saying he was medically treating the athletes. News, Moore alleges he sought treatment from Nassar in 2016 for a shoulder injury. Jacob Moore, a freshman, said he was treated by Nassar multiple times and described a 2016 incident in which Nassar administered acupuncture in and around Moore's genitalia after pulling down Moore's trousers in front of a female gymnast who was a minor.

In fact, the lawsuit claims that when Maggie Nichols, a national team member, reported the abuse to USA Gymnastics in 2015, the organization took more than a month to alert the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In her victim impact statement, which was read at Nassar's first state sentencing hearing on sexual assault charges, Kamerin alleged Jacob had been abused by Nassar.

"It has become painfully clear that these organizations have no intention of properly addressing this problem", she added.

Raisman's lawyer, John Manly said in a statement the USOC and USA Gymnastics "conspired to hide their knowledge of Nassar's awful crimes from the public and attempted to frighten Ms. Raisman and other victims into keeping quiet".

Raisman still suffers from "depression, anxiety and fear" stemming from her abuse, her lawsuit said.

The disgraced doctor is now serving a 60-year federal prison term for child pornography, and he's received 10 sexual assault convictions in MI. Denhollander joined 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber and others this week in unveiling a proposed rewrite of MI law that would, among other responses to Nassar's abuses, greatly lengthen the time limit for victims of sexual assault to sue.

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"I refuse to wait any longer for these organizations to do the right thing", Raisman said in a statement.

"This is bigger than Larry Nassar", Aly said on the Today show after Nassar's sentencing.

She also claims that USOC concealed its knowledge of Nassar's offenses despite that they were made aware of them as early as 2015.

USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun recently resigned in the wake of this scandal, citing health concerns as his reasoning because he was recently diagnosed with cancer.

The lawsuit said the defendants, including two former USA Gymnastics officials, could have prevented the molestation if they had been serious about their duty to protect young athletes but instead they "put their quest for money and medals above the safety" of the plaintiff and other athletes.

Raisman filed the lawsuit on Wednesday, but it wasn't announced until Friday.

The Olympic gymnast is taking legal action.

Nassar worked for both Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, the sport's national governing body.

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