Published: Sun, November 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Gabby Douglas apologizes for criticizing Aly Raisman's stance on sexual assault

Gabby Douglas apologizes for criticizing Aly Raisman's stance on sexual assault

During a 60 Minutes interview last week, 23-year-old Reisman accused former United States of America gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar, of sexual abusing her when she was 15 years old. "Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd", Douglas tweeted.

Simone Biles (L) and Alexandra Raisman (Aly Raisman) of US celebrate winning gold and silver, respectively, at the Women's Individual All-Around Final in 2016 Rio Olympics' Artistic Gymnastics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 11, 2016. If the Final 5 can't keep it together then there is no hope for anyone. Regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable.

Douglas subsequently apologised for her statement. Simone went on to say "I support you Aly & all the other women out there!"

"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. She also took to Twitter yesterday (November 17) to speak out against the undying victim-shaming on her timeline. "What is wrong with some of you?"

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Gymnast Gabby Douglas has caused quite the stir with her remarks to Olympian Aly Raisman who has said she was sexually abused by the USA women's gymnastics team doctor.

"I didn't know anything differently", Raisman said on "60 Minutes" of the abuse. "You're so brainwashed to think, 'I thought he was so nice, '" she said in her interview with Kotb.

One critic, echoing many others, accused Douglas of "victim blaming", adding, "I'm shocked and disgusted".

Raisman and her teammate Biles are among the most decorated gymnasts in American history.

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This is the same story many of Nassar's accusers have told, alleging that he would digitally penetrate them anally and vaginally with ungloved hands under the guise of treatment.

'Shortly after she left, it hit me. I care a lot when I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is, I just ... On Friday, Aly Raisman spoke about supporting sexual abuse victims on Twitter, concluding with a request for everyone to stop victim blaming.

Nassar, USA Gymnastics' team physician for almost 20 years, pleaded guilty to federal child-pornography charges in June and has been accused by more than 100 women and girls of sexual assault during his time as USA gymnastics' team doctor.

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