Olympian Aly Raisman says U.S. gymnastics team doctor sexually abused her

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Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, she says in a "60 Minutes" interview to be aired Sunday.

Raisman, 23, is the second of five female U.S. gymnasts who became known as the "Fierce Five" en route to winning team gold at the London Olympics in 2012 to allege that she was sexually abused by Nassar. McKayla Maroney earlier this year said Nassar began abusing her when she was 15.

Raisman says she was first treated by Nassar when she was 15 and is among scores of young female gymnasts who have made claims of abuse against Nassar, more than 100 of whom have sued the doctor.

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Raisman says she spoke to FBI investigators about Nassar after the Rio Olympics last year.

Nassar, who worked with the U.S. women's gymnastics teams for more than 20 years, pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges in July and faces 22-27 years in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 7. He also faces 33 charges of criminal sexual conduct in Michigan.

In a transcript of an excerpt from the "60 Minutes" interview, Raisman says a lot of people have asked her why Nassar's accusers didn't speak up sooner.

RAISMAN: Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up? Why not look at what about the culture? What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?

DR. JON LAPOOK: You're angry.

RAISMAN: I am angry. I'm really upset because it's been — I care a lot you know, when I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is, I just … I can't … every time I look at them, every time I see them smiling, I just think — I just want to create change so that they never, ever have to go through this.

Per a statement to "60 Minutes," USA Gymnastics, which has been accused of being slow to react to claims made against Nassar, said it recently adopted a new "safe sport policy" that requires "mandatory reporting" of suspicions of sexual abuse and also sets standards to "prevent inappropriate interaction" between athletes and adults, all as a result of the Nassar scandal.

"USA Gymnastics is very sorry that any athlete has been harmed … we want to work with Aly and all interested athletes to keep athletes safe," the statement reads, in part.

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