Aly Raisman says an FBI agent made her feel like the sexual abuse she faced from Larry Nassar 'wasn't a big deal'
US Olympic athlete Aly Raisman testifies during a Senate Justice hearing on the Inspector General's report on the FBI's handling of the investigation into Larry Nassar on Capitol Hill.
Aly Raisman joined other gymnasts to testify in Congress about Larry Nassar's sexual abuse.
She accused an FBI agent of trying to downplay the sexual abuse she was subjected to.
"The FBI made me feel like my abuse didn't matter, and it wasn't a big deal," Raisman said.
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Olympian Aly Raisman says an FBI agent tried to downplay the sexual abuse she was subjected to by former US gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
"The FBI made me feel like my abuse didn't count, and it wasn't a big deal," she said on Wednesday ahead of the Senate Judicial Committee hearing.
When she was finally contacted by the FBI in 2015 after asking for interviews for 14 months, Raisman said she conducted her interview at the Olympic Training Center and "under the control and supervision of USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee".
"I felt the pressure from the FBI to approve Nassar's plea deal," she said on Wednesday. "The agent reduced the relevance of my abuse and made me feel that my criminal case is not worth pursuing."
"Not only have my abuse reports been buried by the USAG and USOPC, but they have been mishandled by federal law enforcement officers who have failed to perform their most basic duties," added Riasman. "The FBI and others within the USAG and USOPC knew that Nassar molested children and did nothing to restrict his access."
In her opening statements, she said she "disliked" her and other gymnasts still being held accountable in the case, and criticized the FBI, USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee for using Nassar despite reports as being Doctor may serve of abuse.
"It was like serving innocent children to a pedophile on a silver platter," she said.
She testified with gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols at a hearing about the FBI's negligence in the Nassar case.
From left: Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Raisman and Maggie Nichols at the Senate hearing. Saul Loeb / Pool via AP
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