Gabby Douglas Is Getting Attacked On The Internet For This Comment About Aly Raisman
The Final Five is on two very different sides of a serious debate.
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On the morning of Friday, November 17, Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman, who recently shared her experiences with sexual assault at the hands of the USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, posted a note on Twitter about the victim shaming that many women face after coming forward with stories like hers.
“Just because a woman does a sexy photoshoot or wears a sexy outfit does not give a man the right to shame her or not believe her when she comes forward about sexual abuse,” the six-time Olympic medalist wrote. “What is wrong with some of you? AND when a woman dresses sexy it does not give a man the right to sexually abuse her EVER.”
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She continued, “Women are allowed to feel sexy and comfortable in their own skin, in fact I encourage you all to wear what you feel good in. I will not put up with any woman or girl being shamed for wanting to wear a skirt, dress, etc. I do not tolerate it. Are we clear? Oh and one more thing. STOP VICTIM SHAMING. It is because of you that so many survivors live in fear.”
Gabby Douglas, who was Aly’s teammate in the 2012 and 2019 Olympics, replied to her in a since-deleted Tweet with, “however it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy. Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd.”
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Aly and Gabby’s Olympics teammate, Simone Biles, was disappointed by Gabby's message, capturing it and tweeting about it to her followers, writing, “shocks me that I’m seeing this but it doesn’t surprise me... 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! STAY STRONG.”
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Simone was hardly the only person on Twitter to criticize Gabby’s victim shaming, as she was met with a barrage of messages condoning her. One tweeter said to her, “instead of calling on women to dress modestly you better be calling on MEN to RESPECT WOMEN. It is NOT the woman’s responsibility to make sure she is not assaulted,” to which Gabby replied, “it goes both ways.” Another tweeted, "1. Women are NEVER to blame for being assaulted. 2. When your teammate, @Aly_Raisman was being assaulted, she was 15. Not a woman, she was a child. 3. Are children to be blamed for wearing the wrong thing when they are sexually assaulted?"
Gabby later apologized for her message, writing, “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.
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