Top USA gymnast Aly Raisman advised a Senate listening to how her abuse by the hands of Larry Nassar continues to have an effect on her each day, emphasizing the lengthy lasting affect of trauma.
“I personally don’t think that people realize how much experiencing this type of abuse is not something one just suffers in the moment. It carries on with them sometimes for the rest of their lives. For example, being here today is taking everything I have. My main concern is, I hope I have the energy even to just walk out of here. I don’t think you realize how much it affects us, how much the PTSD, how much the trauma impacts us. For every survivor it’s different,” she mentioned.
Raisman is among the greater than 150 ladies and ladies who mentioned USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University physician Larry Nassar sexually abused them over the previous twenty years.
“Healing looks different for every survivor. The aftermath looks very different,” Raisman continued.
She described how she went from coaching seven hours a day for the Olympics to not having “enough energy to stand up in the shower” after she first shared her story publicly.
“I would have to sit on the floor and wash my hair because standing up was too exhausting for me. I couldn’t even go for a 10 minute walk outside. This is someone, I’ve competed in two olympic games,” Raisman mentioned, including that her 80-year-old grandfather has extra vitality than she does at 27.
“It has affected my health. In the last couple of years, I’ve had to be taken in an ambulance because I passed out. I’m so sick from just the trauma. It might not even be after a hearing like this. It just hits me out of the blue. So I think it’s important for people to understand how much, you know, even if we’re not crying, how much we are all struggling and how much survivors are suffering, because people often say, well, why did you just come forward now? Because it’s terrifying to come forward, the fear of not being believed, but also because it affects us so much. Sometimes it’s impossible just to say the words out loud,” Raisman mentioned.
“It’s important for people to start recognizing you may never know what someone else is going through. But for people who have been through trauma, it’s really hard,” she added.
Raisman’s testimony right now is a part of a Senate committee listening to on the FBI’s dealing with of the Nassar investigation. The Justice Department’s inspector normal discovered FBI officers investigating the allegations violated the company’s insurance policies by making false statements and failing to correctly doc complaints by the accusers.
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