Saturday, 15 December, 2018


Simone Biles Defends Aly Raisman Against Teammate Gabby Douglas' Victim Blaming Comments

Biles stuck up for her friend and teammate Raisman. The two are seen together at the 2017 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Sports Awards in June Biles stuck up for her friend and teammate Raisman. The two are seen together at the 2017 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Sports Awards in June
Noah Ferguson | 18 November, 2017, 05:20

After Douglas' misguided missive about dresses provocatively, teammate Simone Biles rushed to Raisman's defense.

The fact that Raisman's tweet seems to be tied to her own current situation is one part of why many fans seem to be so angry Douglas; some view her initial response as both a failure to support all victims of abuse and a failure to support her own teammate while she is in the process of detailing her own alleged abuse.

The Olympic gymnast, who revealed this month that she was sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, posted a message on Twitter about one important thing the world needs to get straight as we (hopefully all) look to create change. In the autobiography, she detailed the tribulations and her ensuing perseverance en route to winning her Olympic medals. "It is because of you that so many survivors live in fear".

Douglas replied to Raisman's note on Friday by saying it is a woman's "responsibly to dress modestly and be classy". "Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd".

Raisman's statement comes just a week after she alleged in an emotional 60 Minutes interview that former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused her.

Douglas appears to have deleted her tweet, but not before five-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles read it. "I support you Aly and all the other women out there", Biles tweeted. "(S) hocks 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 didn't correctly word my reply & i am deeply sorry for coming off like i don't stand alongside my teammates", she wrote on Twitter. "Regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstances is never acceptable. You're so brainwashed to think, 'I thought he was so nice, '" she said.

She began treatment under Dr. Nassar's guidance and his manipulation and abuse started when she was just 13.

USA Gymnastics has been reeling since team doctor Larry Nassar was charged a year ago with sexual assault, prompting more than 130 gymnasts to come forward to accuse the doctor.

"I didn't know anything differently", she said (via Mark Moore of the New York Post). "Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up?" she asked.

Nassar plead guilty to possession of child pornography and is in jail in MI, awaiting sentencing, the Associated Press reported last week.

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