Aly Raisman calls out US Gymnastics on Twitter

Aly Raisman
Jae C. Hong/AP/file 2016
Aly Raisman.

Aly Raisman, the Olympic gold medalist who was a member of 2016’s decorated “Final Five” in Brazil, railed against US Gymnastics in a series of tweets Wednesday, saying the organization was “100% responsible” for the recent sexual abuse scandals within the organization.

“STOP VICTIM SHAMING,” Raisman tweeted. “Your statements are hurtful. If you did not believe that I & others were abused than why pressure & manipulate us?” Raisman tweeted, calling for an investigation to “figure out the many flaws in @USAGym system. . . . Enablers need to be held accountable.”

Raisman’s tweets came in response to a recent statement by USA Gymnastics — the organization responsible for selecting the Olympic gymnastics teams — on its role in investigating the many sexual assault accusations against former women’s gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Earlier this week, former US gymnast Maggie Nichols revealed herself to be “Athlete A,” the first gymnast to report abuse by Nassar to USA Gymnastics in 2015. This revelation has further supported claims by Raisman and others that the organization failed to act quickly and properly to protect athletes from Nassar.


Raisman detailed her experiences with Nassar in her book “Fierce,” saying his so-called “treatment sessions” involved touching her inappropriately with ungloved hands. The Needham native has continued to speak out against the former team doctor in interviews with “60 Minutes” and “Today.”

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“If athlete safety is the number 1 priority for @TeamUSA & @USAGym,” Raisman tweeted Wednesday, “why don’t they want to know all the factors that contributed to the worst case of sexual abuse in the history of sports?”

USA Gymnastics has yet to respond to Raisman’s statements.