Gold-winning Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas has come forward as another one of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse victims.
Nassar has already been publicly accused of sexual assault by Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, and charged with molesting a total of seven girls. He is also being sued by 125 girls and women.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Gabby Douglas has identified herself as another one of his victims. She post is pretty interesting, because the 21-year-old also sincerely apologises for her controversial “victim shaming” post from last week.
If you cast your minds back to last week, Gabby Douglas faced wide criticism for, in a nutshell, suggesting that women should dress “modestly” to prevent sexual assault. However, we’re pleased to see that she has addressed and apologised for her earlier comments, as well as detailing her own terrifying experiences with 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 take my job as a role model very seriously and I always want to do my best to represent all the best qualities that a role model should embody,” she wrote.
“I admit there are times that I fall short. I didn’t view my comments as a victim shaming because I know that 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. I understand that many of you didn’t know what I was dealing with, but it is important to me that you at least know this.
“I do not advocate victim shaming/blaming in any way, shape, or form!”
We think everyone will receive her new message loud and clear!
Larry Nassar denies all 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and has pleaded not guilty to every single one of the assault charges.