Aly Raisman is opening up about the scandal in her sport.
The 23-year-old gymnast and three-time Olympic gold medalist criticized USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee for their handling of the sport’s sexual abuse scandal, saying it's time for the organizations to get more involved and make some changes.
“The people at the very top, that work at the office every single day at USA Gymnastics, they need to do better,” Raisman said, via USA Today Sports. “It’s making me sad. I’m here to support my teammates because we got inducted to the Hall of Fame and I’m here to support the girls who are competing. I love the Olympics, I love gymnastics, I love the sport.
“But I don’t support how USA Gymnastics is handling everything right now.”
Former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State athletics physician Larry Nassar stands accused of sexually abusing more than 100 of his female patients while a doctor for USA Gymnastics. The 53-year-old was charged in February with 22 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct, including five counts of sexual conduct with victims who were under the age of 13 at the time of the alleged act. He pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges last month.
According to Michigan LIve, Nassar could get 22 to 27 years in prison, but could get up to 60 years, when he is sentenced Nov. 27.
Still, Raisman doesn't believe justice will fully be served until the organizations take responsibility and come up with a plan going forward to ensure such a tribulation doesn't happen again.
“I just would like a little more accountability from USA Gymnastics and the USOC,” Raisman said. “I feel like there's a lot of articles about it, but nobody has said, ‘This is horrible. This is what we're doing to change.'
“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 United States. Every single kid is important, and I want USA Gymnastics to do a better job with that.”