Aly Raisman takes legal action against Nassar


Maddie Suhrheinrich, Business Manager

On Wednesday, Feb. 28,  Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman took legal action regarding the sexual abuse of Larry Nassar. Raisman filed a lawsuit against the US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, Larry Nassar and others relating to the scandal.

In her suit, she alleged the US Olympic Committee was clearly aware of Nassar’s abuse to a large number of gymnasts involved with USA Gymnastics.

Raisman’s attorney, John Manly, stated both the US Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics were part of  “a conspiracy to silence victims and cover up the largest child sex abuse scandal in history.”

A spokesman from the US Olympic Committee declined to comment on the suit. USA gymnastics responded to the lawsuit by stating their organization is “very sorry that any athlete has been hurt by the despicable crimes of Larry Nassar.”

Since speaking out about her abuse from Nassar in late 2017, Raisman has been determined to help future athletes, making sure their atmosphere is safe. In a statement, Raisman said “It has become painfully clear that these organizations have no intention of properly addressing this problem.”

Jessica Thomashow (12), a victim of Nassar’s abuse, agrees with Raisman’s actions.

“I am in full support [of the lawsuit],” Thomashow said.“I think for USA gymnastics, money and medals [are] more important than safety.”

Since Raisman took legal action, questions have rissen about the number of victims that will follow a similar route.

“The same thing happened with Nassar,” Thomashow said. “Once one person started making accusations against him, many people did too.”

Thomashow, along with Raisman, believe the only way to prevent situations like this in the future is change within these organizations.

“With my experiences at Twistars and with USA Gymnastics, there needs to be a lot of change, [but] I definitely think we’re going in the right direction,” Thomashow said.