USA olympic gymnast Aly Raisman initially spoke out about her experiences with sexual assault on 60 Minutes Sunday (November 12). It was part of a brave campaign she and other members of the team are engaging in to spread awareness of rape culture.
While most have been praising the young woman some criticized her comments. Perhaps most surprisingly was her olympic teammate Gabby Douglas.
We are all in this together. If we are going to create change I need all your help. pic.twitter.com/q9d12z0KHn— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) November 17, 2017
After recently taking to Twitter to point out that a woman’s dress should have zero influence on how men can approach them, Douglas quoted her tweet and basically dismissed it for reasons unknown.
"However it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy,” Douglas wrote. “Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd."
This prompted damn near everyone to react. Even Simone Biles decided to put sexual assault awareness over team relations. She says Gabby’s statement brought her “to tears.”
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!— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) November 17, 2017
STAY STRONG pic.twitter.com/CccTzhyPcb
“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,” Biles wrote. “I support you Aly 💕 & all the other women out there! STAY STRONG.”
Predictably, Gabby Douglas apologized, however the damaged already seemed done, especially when she replied to a Twitter user with the tweet “it goes both ways,” pulling an irreversible “on many sides” in the process.
i didn’t correctly word my reply & 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— Gabby Douglas (@gabrielledoug) November 18, 2017
“I didn’t correctly word my reply & 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,” she wrote.
We’re not sure how it could’ve been worded in a way that victims aren’t the cause of their abuse, but uh… Anyway, as previously mentioned, Twitter had already come for Gabby. See what some people had to say below.
It doesn't go both ways. Sexual assault is always solely the fault of the person who commits it. And no one knows what "modest" dressing is. Is a leotard "modest"?— Genevieve (@Genevieve_Marie) November 17, 2017
No it does not lmao girl you’re literally sitting here saying it’s both the victims and the assaulters fault... when sexual assault happens it is 0% the victims fault— jess (@riseupliam) November 17, 2017
And how DARE she quote Aly’s tweet with a disgusting, victim blaming response?! Someone who is supposed to be one of her BEST friends?! I’m shocked and disgusted— katie 🐠💫🗝 (@dwtsfishovskiy) November 17, 2017
I will never understand how women are blamed for the way they dress regarding sexual harassment and assault. Men aren’t animals and should be more than capable of controlling their urges. The responsibility should solely be placed on the person who mistreats someone else— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) November 17, 2017
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