Samantha Chavarria
March 03, 2018 5:59 pm
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Thanks to the bravery of over 150 young Olympic athletes, the disgusting abuse perpetrated by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has been exposed. When you consider all of Nassar’s sentences, he will serve a minimum of 125 years in prison. But despite this victory, more action must be taken to ensure the safety of future athletes. And Olympian Aly Raisman is ready to take the lead.

It was announced on Friday, March 2nd, that gold medalist and former Team USA captain Aly Raisman has filed a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee. The suit, filed Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court in California, says that both Olympic organizations knew Nassar had been sexually abusing athletes. Despite this knowledge, Raisman alleges nothing was done to prevent the abuse of young athletes under Nassar’s care.

One change already took place when all USA Gymnastics board members were forced to resign following Nassar’s sentencing. Still, there’s much more to be done — and no one knows that more than the formidable Aly Raisman.

The decorated gymnast took a big, brave step when she delivered her victim impact statement against Nassar in January.

Looking right at Nassar in court, Raisman called him out for abusing the trust of so many young athletes. But despite the damage he caused, she also made sure to tell him he was “nothing.”

It’s widely expected that Raisman’s lawsuit will be settled out of court, and rightfully so. The negligence of USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee has hurt so many, not to mention the permanent damage it has inflicted on American gymnastics. Hopefully, this lawsuit will work to ease some of their pain and bring some much-needed accountability.

Thank you, Aly, for working to protect future generations of girls — and for continuing to be an awesome role model.