Was Gabby Douglas Victim Shaming?

#WordOnTheStreet is that there is trouble amongst the US gymnasts. See…#AlyRaisman, in a Nov. 12th “60 Minutes” interview, discussed claims of being sexually abused by former doctor of the US gymnastics team, Larry Nassar. Aly reported that Nassar began molesting her when she was 15. She reported “It wasn’t until I started seeing other doctors and athletic trainers that I began to realize that their methods were far different from Larry’s.” Though Raisman may be the most elite athlete to go public with allegations against Nassar, she isn’t the only one. After nearly three decades with the USA Gymnastics organization, Nassar was fired in 2015. He is facing 33 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Michigan. And, that’s not the only trouble Nassar is in. He also pled guilty to receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography and concealment of records back in July His sentencing hearing is set of Nov. 27th.

So, what’s the tea? Well, Aly took to social media because she wants to act as a voice for change and feels “no one deserves to be hurt or taken advantage of.” In response to her tweet about encouraging women to wear what they feel good in and not victim shaming, #GabbyDouglas tweeted “However, it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy. Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd.” WTF? Apparently, I’m not the only person pissed off by this statement. The women’s other teammate, #SimoneBiles had a few thoughts of her own to get off her chest. She tweeted “Shocks me that I’m seeing this but doesn’t surprise me. Honestly seeing this brings me to tears because as your teammate I expected more from you and to support her. I support you Aly and all the other women out there! STAY STRONG.” What she should’ve said was b*tch sit down because you sound and look stupid. Let’s be clear, clothes are not why women are victimized. Women are victimized because there are sick people in the world who don’t believe in boundaries and feel like they have the right to take what they want when they want it. A woman can have on a mini dress or a mumu…a swimsuit or some jeans, timbs and a triple fat goose and if a man decides he wants to rape someone, they are ALL fair game! After getting much needed backlash from her tweet, Gabby tried to clean things up by saying “I didn’t correctly word my reply and I am deeply sorry for coming off like I don’t stand alongside my teammates. Regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable. I am with YOU. #metoo” Keep your apology, sis. You said what you said. Stand by it if that’s what you believe. Now, I must forever look at you with the side eye. Do yall think what a woman wears “entices the wrong crowd” and is a reason for sexual abuse? Do you believe that victim shaming is real? What were you taught growing up about the way you dress and sexual assault? I would love to hear what yall have to say on the matter.


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