Aly Raisman is living the American dream—at the age of 23, she has been team captain of her Olympic gymnastics team twice and has six medals to her name, three of them gold. However, until recently she was keeping a secret to herself.
She was one of the countless women who were sexually abused by team doctor, Dr. Larry Nassar, coming forward in an unprecedented court case earlier this year.
“You don’t want to let yourself believe it,” she said in an interview with “60 Minutes.” “I am a victim of sexual abuse. It’s really not an easy thing to let yourself believe that.”
Because of her bravery and the message of perseverance she shares in her book, “Fierce,” she will be honored by the KidsSafe Foundation as National Child Advocate of the year at its ninth annual Shine the Light gala on March 10. Hosted at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, she will also be keynote speaker.
KidSafe Foundation is based in Boca Raton and Coral Springs and works to prevent childhood sexual abuse, bullying, and exploitation. The nonprofit will also honor Rocco Mangel of Rocco’s Tacos as Child Advocate of the year for his work raising money for children’s and medical causes.
“Aly’s bravery in telling her story will undoubtedly help protect children throughout the world from sexual abuse,” said Sally Berenzweig, the co-founder and executive director KidSafe Foundation. “Aly has served as a role model for years through her accomplishments as an athlete and now an advocate for sexual abuse survivors. The strength she has demonstrated through speaking out to push for change is truly making a difference in saving children’s lives. We are so thrilled to honor her.”
Get more information about the Shine the Light gala here.