The name Alyssa Baumann will soon replace “Jane Doe” in a lawsuit against Larry Nassar.
Baumann, a 20-year-old UF social and behavioral sciences sophomore, UF gymnast and a former USA Gymnastics national team member, is one of nearly 500 women who accused Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, of sexual abuse.
“I, too, was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” Baumann said in a tweet Thursday night. “He betrayed my trust and took advantage of me for years.”
Baumann and former UF teammate Kennedy Baker both tweeted their stories about sexual abuse within a day of each other. Baker, also a former USA Gymnastics national team member, said in a tweet she came forward because other gymnasts inspired her.
Aly Raisman, who spoke at UF Nov. 6, also came forward about abuse from Nassar.
It takes one woman to speak out for other stories to be amplified, said Bridget Sloan, a 26-year-old former UF and USA national team gymnast.
Sloan said she was never abused by Nassar and didn’t have conversations with Baker or Baumann about him. Baker and Baumann could not be immediately reached for comment.
“I remember when it first all came to light. It really kind of messes with your head, even if you were never affected by it,” Sloan said. “It makes you question yourself.”
UF freshman Alyssa Baumann placed first in the balance beam event, her third win of the season, at the SEC Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. The Gators finished third with a score of 196.825.