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Aly Raisman is "taking it one breath and moment at a time" after she gave an emotional testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the alleged mishandlings of the FBI's investigation into Larry Nassar's abuse against female gymnasts.
On Monday, five days after she appeared at the Capitol Hill hearing, the six-time Olympic medalist, 27, spoke about the difficulties of trauma and recalling the sexual abuse she suffered as a teenager. "I've been trying to process and recover from testifying. Today has been the most difficult for me," Raisman wrote on Instagram and Twitter, alongside a photo of her with her eyes closed and hands on her heart.
"I'm trying to take it one breath & moment at a time but it is hard. Sending love to all the survivors out there who are struggling today. I'm with you," the retired elite gymnast concluded.
In November 2017, Raisman publicly spoke out about former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Nassar's abuse and in January 2018, she confronted Nassar face-to-face in court when she made a powerful victim impact statement. "Larry, you do realize now that we, this group of women you so heartlessly abused over such a long period of time, are now a force and you are nothing. The tables have turned, Larry. We have our voices, and we are not going anywhere," she told him.
Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison after more than 150 women and girls accused him of sexual abuse over 20 years.
Last Wednesday, Raisman, who was joined by Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols on a panel, spoke to senators calling for an investigation into the FBI, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), and USA Gymnastics. The four women allege that the FBI made false statements in an official Justice Department Inspector General report, which, they say, failed to document the survivors' sexual abuse allegations against Nassar beginning in 2015.
In her remarks, Raisman said the FBI made her feel "like my abuse didn't count, that it wasn't a big deal." Asking for a "complete and full independent investigation" of the FBI, USAG and the USOPC, she explained: "Then from there, then we will know the answers of who should be held accountable."
A day after her testimony, Raisman made several virtual appearances on morning shows and media outlets, also telling NPR how she was "definitely exhausted."
"The agent just kept diminishing my abuse and telling me that he didn't feel like it was that big of a deal and maybe I should drop the case," Raisman alleged.
"My question to [senators] is if they can help us and if they can get those investigations rolling for us because we've been asking for them for years," Raisman said in her Today interview. "Why did this person get to retire? What did they do that the FBI felt was not okay that they had to let them go? Why did they get to slip out the back door like so many others have?"
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 connected to a certified crisis counselor.