Skip To Content
Fast Forward

Aly Raisman Blasts USA Gymnastics For ‘Shaming’ Sexual Assault Victims

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman harshly criticized USA Gymnastics on Wednesday for its response to yet another gymnast who came forward alleging that she had been sexually abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar.

Former gymnast Maggie Nichols came forward Tuesday to say that she was the first athlete to alert USA Gymnastics of Nassar’s inappropriate behavior after she was allegedly sexually abused during one of his “examinations” when she was 15. After USA Gymnastics released a statement in response denying Nichols’ claim that the organizing body “covered up” their internal investigation in order to avoid negative publicity before the 2016 Rio Olympics, Raisman wrote a series of tweets blasting the organization.

“STOP VICTIM SHAMING,” wrote Raisman, who recently stated that she was one of Nassar’s victims when she was 13. “Your statements are hurtful. If you did not believe that I & others were abused than why pressure & manipulate us? WE WERE MOLESTED BY A MONSTER U ENABLED 2 THRIVE FOR DECADES. You are 100% responsible. It was mandatory to get ‘treatment’ by Nassar.”

“We must investigate to figure out the many flaws in @USAGym system,” the three-time gold medal winner continued. “We must understand how this happened to make sure it never occurs again. This problem is bigger than [former USA Gymnastics president Steve] Penny and Nassar. The system has to change so that athletes are safe. Enablers need to be held accountable.”

Nassar was sentenced last year to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges. More than 100 women have accused him of sexually assaulting them.

Contact Aiden Pink at [email protected] or on Twitter, @aidenpink

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.