CBS ’60 Minutes’ Episode Guide (Nov. 12): Aly Raisman Accuses USA Gymnastics Doctor of Assault

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CBS ’60 Minutes’ Episode Guide (Nov. 12): Aly Raisman Accuses USA Gymnastics Doctor of Assault

“60 Minutes” (11/12/17) – One of America’s biggest Olympic stars has come forward to accuse the former U.S. women’s gymnastics team doctor of sexual abuse.

Aly Raisman, who won six medals, three of them gold, for the U.S. at the last two Olympic Summer Games, says she was sexually abused by Dr. Larry Nassar. Raisman tells her story to Dr. Jon LaPook for a “60 Minutes” report to be broadcast Sunday, Nov. 12 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Raisman, 23, says she was first treated by Dr. Nassar when she was 15. She talks about her experiences in a new book called Fierce. It’s the story of a girl who dreamed of going to the Olympics and realized her goal, but it also includes new insights into a scandal that goes to the highest level of Raisman’s sport.

Dr. Nassar, who worked with the U.S. women’s national gymnastics teams for more than two decades, is now in jail. He pleaded guilty to child pornography charges but not guilty to charges of sexual assault. More than 130 women, many of them former athletes, have filed civil lawsuits alleging that Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of treating them for hip, back and other athletic injuries. Raisman tells “60 Minutes” that after the Rio Olympics she spoke to FBI investigators about Dr. Nassar.

Aly Raisman is the most prominent athlete to come forward so far about Nassar. She is calling for major changes at USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for her sport.

Raisman says a lot of people have asked her why Nassar’s accusers didn’t speak up sooner.

RAISMAN: 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?

JON LAPOOK: You’re angry.

RAISMAN: I am angry. I’m really upset because it’s been – I care a lot, you know, 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 – 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.

In a statement to “60 Minutes” USA Gymnastics said it has made major changes since the Nassar scandal broke. The organization says it 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 statement says, “…we want to work with Aly and all interested athletes to keep athletes safe.”

“60 Minutes,” the most successful television broadcast in history, began its 50th season in September 2017. Offering hard-hitting investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the news, the broadcast begun in 1968 is still a hit in 2017, making Nielsen’s Top 10 nearly every week.

Over the 2015-2016 season, “60 Minutes” continued its dominance as the number-one news program, drawing an average of 12.3 million viewers per week – almost twice the audience of its nearest network news magazine competitor and three million viewers ahead of the most-watched daily network evening news broadcast. The average audience for a “60 Minutes” broadcast still dwarfs the biggest audiences drawn by cable news programs.

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The above press release was issued by CBS News.

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