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Another Olympic gold medalist comes forward alleging sexual abuse by national team's doctor

Aly Raisman alleges the U.S. Olympic team doctor sexually abused her for years. Raisman (R) was captain of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Gymnastics team. (Ben Stansall/Getty Images)

Another Olympic gold medal gymnast is speaking out about the alleged sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of the team's doctor.

"I am angry. I'm really upset ... when I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is, I just, I can't," Aly Raisman said during an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" set to air Sunday. "Every time I look at them, every time I see them smiling, I just think, I just want to create change so that they never, ever have to go through this."

Raisman told "60 Minutes" that the alleged abuse started when she was 15. In her new book, "Fierce," which is due out Tuesday, the 23-year-old tells the story of how she realized her dreams of becoming an Olympic gymnast but also shares details about the scandal that has rocked the sport at its highest levels.

Raisman was the captain of the famous 2012 “Fierce Five” U.S. Gymnastics team, as well as captain of the 2016 team that competed in Rio de Janeiro.

What's the story?

Larry Nassar, a former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor, stands accused of sexual misconduct under the guise of medical treatment. Some victims allege he gave them sleeping pills and they would awake to "getting a treatment."

Nassar was a volunteer team doctor for USA Gymnastics for almost three decades before his tenure ended in July 2015, according to NBC Sports.

Raisman told CBS that she is angry that people are asking why she and the others didn't come forward sooner.

“Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up? Why not look at 'what about the culture?' What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?” she said.

Raisman is demanding that the USA Gymnastics change its policies following the allegations against Nassar, according to Fox News. 

Where is Nassar now?

Nassar is currently jailed and awaiting sentencing in Michigan. He pleaded guilty to child pornography charges but not sexual abuse. More than 130 women have filed civil lawsuits alleging that Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of treating them for hip, back, and other athletic injuries.

Who else came forward with accusations against Nassar?

Last month, two-time gold medalist McKayla Maroney tweeted her allegations against Nassar.

“Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving ‘medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years,'” Maroney wrote. “It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn’t end until I left the sport. It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was ‘treated.'”

Jamie Dantzscher2000 Olympic bronze medalist; Jessica Howard, U.S. national champion in rhythmic gymnastics from 1999 to 2001; and Jeanette Antolin, who competed with the U.S. national team from 1995 to 2000, came forward earlier this year describing similar experiences to Maroney's and Raisman's.

"He started massaging me. And — he had asked me not to wear any underwear. And then he just continued to go into more and more intimate places," Jessica Howard, who suffered from severe hip problems when she was a gymnast, told CBS' 60 Minutes in an episode that aired Feb. 17.

What is the USA Olympics doing?

The USA Gymnastics ordered a review last fall and recently adopted a new "safe sport policy" that requires "mandatory reporting" of suspicions of sexual abuse and also sets standards to "prevent inappropriate interaction" between athletes and adults. 

"USA Gymnastics is very sorry that any athlete has been harmed …" the organization said in a statement to CBS 60 Minutes, "… we want to work with Aly and all interested athletes to keep athletes safe."

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