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Aly Raisman calls out USA Gymnastics' handling of sexual abuse


  • Over 125 women have sued Larry Nassar, who was the team doctor for USA gymnastics for 29 years. He is currently in prison in Michigan for possessing child pornography. Both USA gymnastics and Michigan State University have been accused sweeping abuse allegations under the rug to preserve their own reputations.

  • Steve Penny, the former president of USA gymnastics, resigned and was given a $1 million severance package.

  • 6x Olympic medalist, Aly Raisman, called out USA gymnastics while she was in Anaheim for the 2017 US National Gymnastics Championships where the Final Five were inducted into the USA gymnastics hall of fame.

  • Aly Raisman and her mother, Lynn, think that everyone at USAG who knew about the abuse, but didn't do anything should be fired.

  • Aly also critcized USAG giving Steve Penny $1 million dollars and thinks the money should have been used to create a program to help the victims.

  • "What people don't realize is that this doctor was a doctor for 29 years. Whether or not he did it to a gymnast, they still knew him. Even if he didn't do it to you, it's still the trauma and the anxiety of wondering what could have happened. I think that needs to be addressed. These girls, they should be comfortable going to USA Gymnastics and saying, I need help, I want therapy. I need this. Everyone is important. It doesn't matter if you're the Olympic champion or you're an 8-year-old that goes to gymnastics in Ohio, or wherever you are in the U.S. Every single kid is important and I want USA Gymnastics to do a better job with that."

Source: Twitter

I love how outspoken Aly has been lately and am glad a high profile gymnast like her is calling out USAG.
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