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Aly Raisman says Olympic coach ignored complaints about abuse

Aly Raisman says Olympic coach ignored complaints about abuse

A former coach of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, John Geddert, was under investigation, a sheriff in MI said on Tuesday, coming on the heels of a sexual abuse scandal surrounding a team doctor with whom the coach had worked.

Ms Raisman said during her victim impact statement, read in front of Nasser in the courtroom: "Neither USA Gymnastics nor the USOC have reached out to express sympathy or even offer support".

"Sexual assault should never be tolerated, but when it does occur, it is imperative that swift and immediate action be taken to stop the abuse, prevent it from recurring, and address its effects", the letter says.

Ms Raisman is just one of over 265 women and girls to have been abused by Nassar, often under the guise of medical treatment from the former team and Michigan State University doctor.

Margraves says donors can either ask for a refund by March 9, or their donation will go to charities that support sex abuse survivors, like Small Talk, RAVE and the Firecracker Foundation. "I know he didn't ask us any questions, but that is just why we need the full, independent investigation to get to the bottom of who knew about this".

Randy Margraves, the father who tried to tackle Larry Nassar in court last week, said he will donate over $31,000 raised in a GoFundMe account to charity. "Coaches, instructors, law enforcement, and other trusted adults all failed these young athletes".

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Geddert, who coached the Olympic Gold medal team known as "The Fierce Five", has since retired.

Nassar, 54, will spend the rest of his life in prison. International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach said the organization was "deeply shocked and saddened" by the crimes and that it would defer to an independent investigation determining if Nassar's abuse ever occurred at the Olympics.

Similar requests and demands were made of the United States Olympic Committee.

Nassar molested female athletes under the guise of medical treatment for almost 20 years and has been given two prison sentences in MI of 40 to 125 years and 40 to 175 years. "It means telling coaches that physical and emotional abuse of any gymnast is not O.K".

Her response when the news of Nassar's abuse first broke? Two former gymnasts allegedly informed Klages of Nassar's misconduct as far back as 1997, but their pleas for help were ignored.


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