Aly Raisman blasted organizations who “enabled” the “monster” Larry Nassar and vowed that she and her “army of survivors” will hold them accountable.
The 23-year-old Olympic gold medal gymnast made the comments during her appearance on “The View” Friday when asked about how she feels now that the disgraced Olympic doctor had been sentenced to 175 years in prison for sexual abusing young girls.
“I mean, it’s so hard to put into words how everything feels,” Raisman responded. “Obviously him [Nassar] being put away for the rest of his life is where he should be and hopefully it sets an example for any other abuser around the world because there are so many of them that their time is up and that abuse is never, ever, ever okay.”
“But my work and the army of survivors, we’re not done yet,” she added. “We still have to hold these organizations accountable…United States Olympic committee, the USA gymnastics, Michigan State University. They enabled this monster. They took his side over us for so long.”
Joy Behar then asked Raisman how her parents felt after finding out what the gymnast was going through.
“You know, my parents have been so incredibly supportive and from the moment that we realized that Larry was a monster, we continually followed up with USA gymnastics to make sure they reported it to the authorities and they told us that they had,” the gymnast explained. “But I regret trusting them. They said ‘we’re handling this’ and they made me feel like if I kept reaching out I was going to interfere with the investigation.”
“I didn’t want to do that of course. I didn’t want to tip off the investigation,” she added. “That’s why we need an independent investigation to get to the bottom of this because, USA gymnastics, United States Olympic committee, Michigan State University, they enabled this and didn’t handle it right and we need to get to the bottom of it.”