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There have been a year ago, the U.S. gymnastics team doctor Larry Nasser was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for the abuse of more than 150 of the girls entrusted in his care. But Aly Raisman—Olympic gold medalist and former captain of the U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team is still coming terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.
“When I go out on the street, or I’m at the airport, or the grocery store,or whatever it is, people are supported. And I’m very grateful,”Raisman said during an interview with the news program”through her eyes.”
Raisman often close by supportive strangers were eager to share their own traumatic experience of sexual assault. But these stories from other survivors may sometimes be difficult for Raisman to hear.
“I think people sometimes forget I cope with it,”Raisman explained. “And sometimes people would go into graphic detail.”
By being upfront about how the pain of these terrible details of her process, Raisman said she is able to feel more connected to those who came to her own survival story. But she says she initially found it difficult to be honest, the fans on how to from these clear details bothered her.
“I was nervous they would be mad at me, and then tweet, Aly Raisman is such a terrible person,”she confided.
Raisman noted that she also received some backlash, for their Frank, she explained that some people she is with in the gymnastics world does not understand why she still felt the need to speak out.
“People are like, we get it. Only to stop talking. We get it. He was in prison.’ But they don’t understand,”she said.
“I think it is also OK to be angry,”Raisman continues. “I think that as women, we have been told that you just need to have a very good, sweet, you can’t be angry.”
Many Raisman their anger is due to the negligent handling of the allegations against Nasser—and the fact that it took almost twenty years, he was brought to justice.
“I just think of child sexual abuse, women abuse or sexual assault, is at the bottom of the list for certain law enforcement and regulatory authorities”, she said. “Some law enforcement to do amazing, amazing things, and some authorities do great things. But I feel, sometimes, it is at the bottom of the list.”