Aly Raisman Thanks Fellow Sexual Abuse Survivors And Declares There's More Work To Be Done

"This story is bigger than Larry Nassar ..."

In the wake of former Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar being sentenced to 175 years in prison for the sexual abuse of more than 150 athletes, Olympian Aly Raisman is keeping the discussion around the heinous acts alive — pushing them forward, even — and paying tribute to fellow survivors in a very public way.

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The 23-year-old gold medalist took out a full-page ad in the Detroit Free Press to tell the ones who stood by her and one another two simple words: "THANK YOU." Each person's name is listed — with numbers used for those who didn't go public — in the graphic, and, in addition, Raisman also penned a lengthy message of thanks.

To the numerous other survivors, Raisman said they had an "overwhelming impact" on her thanks to their "courage, strength, and leadership." Raisman said she is "proud" to stand alongside them "today, tomorrow, and every day that follows." In addition, she also thanked Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, the Michigan prosecutors and law enforcement, her family and friends, the gymnastics community and her fans, and the media.

While the "biggest case of sexual abuse in sports history" is over, Raisman said "this story is not over." Raisman explained that "this story is bigger than Larry Nassar, or Steve Penny [the former president and CEO of USA Gymnastics who resigned in March 2017], or the three Board members [also from USA Gymnastics] who resigned earlier this week."

"As I said earlier in order to move forward and to be confident that this will NEVER happen again, we need an independent investigation to figure out exactly how this disaster happened," Raisman wrote. "Thinking otherwise is dangerous to the future generation. Today was an important victory but there is still work to be done."

This wasn't the only shoutout to the victims the Detroit Free Press included today. The daily newspaper also dedicated its cover to the people it boldly declared were "courageous."

"These women bravely came forward with their heartbreaking statements, making sure no one would forget what the monstrous doctor who worked at Michigan State University and for the USA Gymnastics did to them," the text just before the list detailing each survivor reads.

(H/T: Mashable)

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