Woe is Twitter. 😦
Gabby couldn’t have picked a worse time to contradict her two time Olympic teammate and captain.
Aly Raisman, came forward last week to claim that ex-team doctor Larry Nassar had sexually assaulted her for years.
Instead of voicing her concern, sympathy, and support of Raisman, Gabby Douglas decided to take issue with the way that some women dress, as a way of victim blaming women who are sexually assaulted.
She wrote on Twitter, which has since been deleted: “However, it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy. Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd.”
Statements such as these put the responsibility and onus on the victim instead of the perpetrator …
Gabby deleted the tweet. Tried to apologize.
The backlash was severe. A low percentage of girls and women are harassed because of the way they dress.
I hope people can find their way to accept Gabby’s apology. It would help if the 2012 Olympic Champion worked towards protection of gymnasts into the future.