After gymnast Aly Raisman, who has said she was sexually abused by a team doctor, wrote about the need to stop shaming victims, her Olympic teammate Gabby Douglas disagreed with her on Twitter.
Since going public with her allegations of being sexually abused, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman has been using her fame to stand up for other victims.
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Raisman first spoke out Sunday on 60 Minutes, where she alleged that she was sexually abused by Larry Nassar, who was a doctor for the USA Gymnastics women's team at the time.
Nassar has been accused of sexually assaulting dozens of gymnasts, including Raisman's teammate McKayla Maroney, and is currently facing criminal charges, as well as multiple lawsuits.
“I am beyond disgusted that a decorated Olympic and USA Gymnastics doctor was able to prey upon so many over such a long period of time; and until we fully understand the flaws in the system that allowed this to happen in the first place—and enabled it to continue for decades—we can't be confident it won't happen again,” Raisman said. “I am determined to work towards real and meaningful change.”
But her Olympic teammate, Gabby Douglas, then tweeted that she disagreed, arguing women who dress provocatively share some responsibility.
In a tweet that has since been deleted, Douglas wrote, “however it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy. dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd.”
“shocks me that I'm seeing this but it doesn't surprise me…” she tweeted. “honestly seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support her. I support you Aly 💕 & all the other women out there!
Douglas, Raisman, and Biles won Olympic gold together in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Douglas and Raisman were also teammates in the 2012 Olympic team.
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“i didn't correctly word my reply & i am deeply sorry for coming off like i don't stand alongside my teammates. regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable. i am WITH you. #metoo”