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‘I WILL NOT BE SILENCED’

After publicly confronting the doctor who sexually abused her and hundreds of other gymnasts, the Olympic gold medalist finds new strength in the support of family and friends—and in making sure no other athletes are victimized
A New Mission “There are people who just don’t understand abuse,” says Raisman (at the 2016 Rio Olympics). “I’m finding strength by helping other girls.”

Walking into a Michigan courtroom Jan. 19, Aly Raisman was on a mission. The Olympic gold medal winner was one of hundreds of young women abused by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar who were appearing in court to give victim-impact statements before Nassar was sentenced. “I felt very strong,” says Raisman. “I felt like I had so much I wanted to say.”

In a 12-minute statement that had many in the courtroom in tears, Raisman excoriated Nassar and took aim at the gymnastics organizations that she says “enabled” the former doctor to abuse hundreds of young girls and women under the guise of medical treatment. “The tables have turned,” she told the court. “We are here, we have our voices, and we aren’t going anywhere.”

The moment didn’t come easily for Raisman. As she was leaving the courtroom that day, she says, “I felt like I was going to throw up. It was almost like I felt my body collapse.”

But even

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