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Raisman Slams USAG: 'You Are 100% Responsible' for Nassar
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Two-time U.S. Olympic team captain Aly Raisman delivered a scathing response on Wednesday to USA Gymnastics' statement denying accusations it pressured gymnasts to keep quiet about allegations of sexual assault by former team doctor Larry Nassar. Pictured: Raisman celebrates her silver medal with teammate Simone Biles after their 1-2 finish in the all-around at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Two-time U.S. Olympic team captain Aly Raisman delivered a scathing response on Wednesday to USA Gymnastics' statement denying accusations it pressured gymnasts to keep quiet about allegations of sexual assault by former team doctor Larry Nassar.

In a statement Tuesday, USA Gymnastics stated it did not initially report Nassar following statements from the first two gymnasts to make allegations — Maggie Nichols and Raisman — in the summer of 2015.

"The information that Maggie and later a second athlete provided was important, but did not provide reasonable suspicion that sexual abuse had occurred," USA Gymnastics said.

On Tuesday, Nichols came forward to reveal she and her coach were the first to blow the whistle on Nassar, and she and her family alleged they were pressured by USA Gymnastics to keep the abuse secret.

Raisman called out the federation on Twitter, tweeting USA Gymnastics and its followers directly in a message in which she stated they were "100% responsible" for Nassar's abuse:

".@USAGym STOP VICTIM SHAMING," Raisman tweeted. "Your statements are hurtful. If you did not believe that I & others were abused than why pressure & manipulate us? WE WERE MOLESTED BY A MONSTER U ENABLED 2 THRIVE FOR DECADES. You are 100% responsible. It was mandatory to get "treatment" by Nassar."

In her autobiography, Fierce, that came out in November, Raisman describe the abuse she suffered by Nassar — who sexually assaulted girls and women while claiming it was valid medical treatment to relieve pain — as well as the factors that led her to deny it was occurring. She also described the June 2015 conversation she and two unnamed gymnasts had at the U.S. national training center at the Karolyi ranch, which was overheard by the first gymnast's coach, now revealed to be Sarah Jantzi, Nichols' personal coach from Twin City Twisters in Minnesota.

Raisman wrote that when a consultant, Fran Sepler, was sent to the Raisman home shortly after the camp to interview her about Nassar, she initially defended Nassar's treatments and said she trusted him; however, she changed her mind the same day and reported the real story and all her encounters with Nassar over the past five years.

"So I called a USA Gymnastics official and I told her everything that I was remembering, the things I would have told Fran if I hadn't been in shock, " Raisman wrote in Fierce. "Hours later, I got a text back from someone, saying that I needed to stop speaking about Larry. I was warned that there is a process in place and that staying clear of the process would protect me and the others."

Even before coming forward with her own story last fall, Raisman has been an outspoken critic of USA Gymnastics' leadership. When former USAG CEO Steve Penny finally resigned under pressure last March and was given a $1 million+ severance package, the six-time Olympic medalist mocked the board and asked why the $1 million wasn't spent on providing counseling to Nassar's victims.

Last August, Raisman attended the P&G (U.S.) Championships in Anaheim, where she spoke candidly to the media about the troubling allegations concerning USA Gymnastics, though she did not reveal at the time that she had also been assaulted. She later said she and her teammates from the 2016 Olympic gold medal-winning team were snubbed by the members of the USAG board at a luncheon honoring the team's induction into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. She spoke about the incident in an interview on 60 Minutes last fall, in which she stated that the culture of abuse within USA Gymnastics enabled Nassar and others to groom and silence victims.

USA Gymnastics has denied liability for Nassar's sexual assaults, both in public statements and in court filings.

"We must investigate to figure out the many flaws in @USAGym system," Raisman tweeted Wednesday. "We must understand how this happened to make sure it never occurs again. This problem is bigger than Penny and Nassar. The system has to change so that athletes are safe. Enablers need to be held accountable."

Raisman sent a third Tweet also directed at the U.S. Olympic Committee (Team USA), which is also being sued over the former doctor's assaults:

"If athlete safety is the number 1 priority for @TeamUSA & @USAGym, why don't they want to know all the factors that contributed to the worst case of sexual abuse in the history of sports? #INVESTIGATE #WeNeedAnswers."

On December 7, Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for charges related to child pornography. On January 16, he will face the first of two sentencings in Michigan courtrooms on 10 charges of sexual assault of minors, which he pleaded guilty to in November, the first time he admitted sexually abusing athletes under the guise of treatment.

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