Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas Says Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Her Too

Gabby Douglas revealed on Tuesday that she was also a victim of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor who has been accused by more than 125 women and girls of sexual abuse.

This is the first time the Olympic gymnast has come forward with her own accusations of abuse. Douglas joins a growing number of gymnasts who have accused the 54-year-old doctor of sexually abusing them under the guise of medical treatment, including her Olympic teammates Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney.

Douglas wrote vaguely of the abuse in a statement she posted to Instagram on Tuesday in which she apologizes for a tweet she wrote last week that suggested a woman who dressed “in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd.”
Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas Says Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Her Too
Douglas said that she wasn’t trying to victim-shame women.

“I didn’t view my comments as victim shaming because I know that no matter what you wear, it NEVER gives anyone the right to harass or abuse you,” the 21-year-old gymnast wrote.

“It would be like saying that because of the leotards we wore, it was our fault that we were abused by Larry Nassar,” Douglas added. “I didn’t publicly share my experiences as well as many other things because for years we were conditioned to stay silent and honestly some things were extremely painful.”

“I wholeheartedly support my teammates for coming forward with what happened to them.”

Douglas’ publicist confirmed to HuffPost that the note was Douglas’ way of revealing that she was one of Nassar’s victims. Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas Says Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Her Too.

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