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Aly Raisman Speaks Out About “Monster” Dr. Larry Nassar On “Today” Show (VIDEO)

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Aly Raisman Today Show Sexual Abuse

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Aly Raisman Today Show Sexual Abuse

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Aly Raisman appeared on Monday’s “Today” show, where she discussed the sexual abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Watch the full interview below.

The six-time Olympic medalist recently claimed she was sexually abused by Nassar in an interview with “60 Minutes.” Raisman, who was first treated by Nassar when she was 15, first detailed his alleges abuse in her new memoir “Fierce.” During her appearance on the “Today” show, the athlete told Hoda Kotb that Nassar molested her under the guise of medical treatment and also explained to the morning host what prompted her to tell her story.

“From the moment that I realized it happened to me, I wanted to talk about it,” Raisman shared. “When I found out I was going to be writing a book, I wanted to include the best moments of my life but also the worst moments of my life because they both make us into who we are. The hardest parts are really difficult to talk about, but it’s made me into a stronger person and if you’re going to write a book, you have to include everything.”

Raisman went on to describe her “disturbing” experiences with the team’s doctor. “I just thought he was weird. I really didn’t know it was happening to me. He was a doctor, and he told me his treatment would heal all my injuries. Everyone said he was the best. He always seemed like he had my back. He was such a master manipulator… These monsters are so good at manipulating you,” she said.

The gymnast continued, “I think he’s a monster. It’s so disturbing what he did to me and so many other people. This is so much bigger than just me. It’s such a horrific thing to happen. I stand here with all the other survivors who have been abused by Larry and other people who have been abused by anyone.”

And on the topic of victim shaming, Raisman said, “It’s totally normal to be afraid of what people think of you. Society makes it hard for people to come forward, because you always have people who victim shame. We have to stop that because it’s awful. I wanted to do the right thing.” Watch the full “Today” show interview below.

 


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