Gabby Douglas Now Says She Was Sexually Abused By Gymnastics Team Doctor
Less than a week after victim-shaming her teammate about her sexual abuse claims, Gabby Douglas has now released a statement via Instagram claiming abuse allegations against former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.
The Olympic gold medalist also served an apology to Aly Raisman, stating, “I didn’t view my comments as victim shaming because I know no matter what you wear, it NEVER gives anyone the right to harass or abuse you. It would be like saying that because of the leotards we wore, it was our fault that we were abused by Larry Nassar. 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.”
“Jeff Raymond, a spokesperson for Douglas, told The Washington Post in an email, “Gabby is confirming that she too was a victim of Larry Nassar.”
Teammate Simone Biles blasted Douglas on Twitter as well after she disparaging things about what women should do to avoid being attacked by men.
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 pic.twitter.com/CccTzhyPcb
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) November 17, 2017
McKayla Maroney, who competed alongside Raisman and Douglas at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and suddenly quit competing, was one of the first to come out and accuse Nassar of sexual abuse.
Nassar is reportedly due back in court Wednesday.