Gold medal Olympian Gabby Douglas publicly apologized after getting serious heat for suggesting women bring sexual assault upon themselves with fashion choices following a comment Aly Raismain made against victim shaming.
Douglas chalked the incident up to miscommunication, saying “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.”
Raisman, who spoke out last week and accused former U.S.A gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual assault, took to social media Friday to speak out about ending victim-shaming. Raisman tweeted just because a woman “wears a sexy outfit does not give a man the right to shame her or not believe her when she comes forward about sexual abuse.”
Douglas quoted Raisman, and added, “however it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly,” and, “dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd.” The tweet has since been deleted.
Simone Biles was quick to respond to Douglas with a visceral response; “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.”