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“The View” Gives Aly Raisman Standing Ovation Following Larry Nassar Sentencing

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By Shari Weiss |

The View Aly Raisman Video

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“The View” co-hosts and audience gave Aly Raisman a standing ovation on Friday’s live show. The Olympian appeared for an interview two days after Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting her and other gymnasts.

To introduce Raisman for the segment, the ABC talk show first aired a pre-taped package about the case, which included footage of the athlete strongly addressing Nassar in court. “You already know you’re going away to a place where you won’t be able to hurt anybody ever again, but I am here to tell you that I will not rest until every last trace of your influence on this sport has been destroyed like the cancer that it is,” she said in the clip.

That led to thunderous applause in the studio, with the camera panning to show the crowd standing on their feet. The panelists themselves then stood to join the ovation, and Raisman appeared to tear up. Joy Behar noted of the audience, “They don’t do that very often.” Sunny Hostin then formally started the interview. “Your bravery and your courage, I applaud you,” she told Raisman. “And I will tell you, as a former child sex crimes prosecutor, people that abuse children don’t do so well in prison. He will spend the rest of his life there. Does that give you any solace?”

Raisman responded, “It’s so hard to put into words how everything feels. Obviously him being put away for the rest of his life is where he should be and hopefully it sets an example for any other abuser around the world, because there are so many of them, that their time is up and abuse is never, ever, ever okay.” That said, she went on, “My work, and the army of survivors, we’re not done yet. We still have to hold these organizations accountable.”

“The United States Olympics Committee, the USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University, they enabled this monster,” the former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant said, pointing out, “They took his side over us for so long.” Raisman acknowledged she wasn’t originally planning to be one of the more than 150 victims to confront Nassar at his sentencing hearing, but she explained, “You watch these young girls at 15 years old, the way that they spoke, the way they delivered their speeches, young girls, women. I don’t even have words to describe. I just felt like I needed to be there.”

Raisman further discussed how Nassar groomed her to think he was her “friend” and why she and her fellow team mates thought for so long that his “treatments” were appropriate. At the end, Hostin told her, “Your bravery, again, speaks volumes. Your bravery and the bravery of the over 150 girls and women that spoke up. Bravo to you, and I think what you have done will lead to real change for girls all across the country, like my daughter, who is also a gymnast. I thank you for protecting her and for protecting them.” Check out the full video below.


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