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Raisman Sues USOC, USAG: 'I Refuse to Wait Any Longer'
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Two-time U.S. Olympic gymnastics team captain Aly Raisman filed a civil suit Wednesday against the United States Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics over the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of former team doctor Larry Nassar.

Two-time U.S. Olympic gymnastics team captain Aly Raisman filed a civil suit Wednesday against the United States Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics over the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of former team doctor Larry Nassar.

"I refuse to wait any longer for these organizations to do the right thing," Raisman said in a statement. "It is my hope that the legal process will hold them accountable and enable the change that is so desperately needed."

Raisman, 23, filed a suit in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Wednesday against the USOC, USA Gymnastics and Nassar, along with former USAG CEO Steve Penny and former USAG Chairman of the Board Paul Parilla.

The complaint alleges that the USOC was "aware, at the highest levels of its organization, that Defendant Nassar had molested Olympic and National Team level gymnasts who participated with Defendant USAG."

The Massacchusetts native is represented by California attorney John Manly, who also represents her former teammates McKayla Maroney, Mattie Larson and Maggie Nichols, as well as the first gymnast to file a lawsuit in the Nassar case, 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher. Raisman states that as a result of the abuse she suffers from anxiety and depression.

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun resigned Wednesday, citing health reasons. Blackmun had resisted calls to step down and maintained he and the USOC acted appropriately concerning Nassar and USA Gymnastics, but continued pressure and more revelations about sex abuse rampant in Olympic sports continue to plague the USOC.

"It has become painfully clear that these organizations have no intention of properly addressing this problem," Raisman said in her statement. "After all this time, they remain unwilling to conduct a full investigation, and without a solid understanding of how this happened, it is delusional to think sufficient changes can be implemented."

The six-time Olympic medalist has emerged as a leader off the competition floor and fierce advocate for survivors of sexual abuse, change in sports and body positivity. She publicly spoke up on USA Gymnastics' record of handling sexual abuse in the sport even prior to revealing last fall that she too had been sexually assaulted by the once-respected team doctor, who manipulated his patients into believing he was providing legitimate osteopathic treatment to relieve their pain.

In January, Raisman's blistering victim impact statement delivered at Nassar's first state sentencing hearing in Michigan was a rallying cry at a hearing full of shocking and heartbreaking stories of abuse and destroyed lives. She was one of 256 survivors who delivered statements at two hearings in Michigan in January and February.

"I am here to face you, Larry, so you can see I have regained my strength, that I am no longer a victim," Raisman told him. "I am a survivor."

Raisman revealed that treatments with the team doctor, who was even allowed to come to their rooms unaccompanied, were mandatory for the members of the U.S. women's gymnastics team. She attacked the USOC and USA Gymnastics for their negligence and passive response to the tragedy.

"I have represented the United States of America in two Olympics and have done so successfully," Raisman said. "And both USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee have been very quick to capitalize and celebrate my success. But did they reach out when I came forward? No."

Raisman mocked the leadership of USA Gymnastics CEO Kerry Perry, who had only briefly attended the hearing in Lansing, Michigan, and thus was not there when she and 2012 Olympic teammate Jordyn Wieber delivered their statements. She accused USA Gymnastics of "rotting from the inside" and called on Ingham County Judge Rosemarie E. Aquilina to sentence Nassar to the maximum term in prison and but call for an independent investigation.

"And please, your Honor, stress the need to investigate how this happened so that we can hold accountable those who empowered and enabled Larry Nassar, so we can repair and, once again, believe in this wonderful sport," Raisman told the judge, who eventually sentenced Nassar to 175 of the 300 years he faces in prison. "My dream is that one day, everyone will know what the words 'me too' signify, but they will be educated and able to protect themselves from predators like Larry so that they will never, ever, ever have to say the words 'me too.'"

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