Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman opens up about sexual abuse

Aly Raisman with her mother, Lynn, at their home in Needham, Mass.

ALY RAISMAN SAYS THE KNOCK CAME AT 8 P.M. THE FUTURE Olympic gold medalist was competing at the world championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in her first year at the senior level, the group from which national teams are selected. She was thousands of miles from home, nervous about the competition and without her family. She opened the door and saw Larry Nassar, the USA Gymnastics team doctor. “I thought you could use a massage,” she says he told her. She was 16.

It wasn’t the first time Nassar had appeared at her door at night, offering a massage under the guise of therapy. And it wouldn’t be the last, as Raisman disclosed in an interview with TIME and in her new book, Fierce.

It first happened several months earlier, when

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