Following her teammates, Gabby Douglas has come forward to say Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar sexually assaulted her also. Also, he just pled guilty to molestation. “Lenny Letter” writer Zinzi Clemmons quit after Lena Dunham rape comments. Everything inside…
Olympic gold medalist Gabby Doulgas has come forward about being sexually assaulted by Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, following two of her “Fierce Five” teammates coming forward.
After her teammates Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney spoke up about the abuse they endured, the three-time Olympic gold medalist released a statement via Instagram explaining why she hadn’t come forward earlier, saying “we were conditioned to stay silent."
"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," she wrote. "I wholeheartedly support my teammates for coming forward with what happened to them."
"I didn't view my comments as victim shaming because I know 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."
Read her full post below:
The timing of this unfortunate reveal is interesting.
Gabby began to receive backlash earlier this week about "victim shaming" after she responded to her teammate Aly Raisman’s post. Aly encouraged women to wear whatever they feel good in. Gabby responded saying it’s “our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy" and that dressing provocatively "entices the wrong crowd."
Folks wasted no time in saying "She's cancelled."
Teammate Simone Biles joined the conversation, siding with Aly while insinuating she expected more from Gabby. She also threw shade saying she's "not surprised" by Gabby's actions.
We knew something was up with Gabby during the Rio Olympics last year, and we can only wonder if this whole ordeal was weighing on her then.
Gabby says her initial words were a mistake. Hmm.
Speaking of Larry....
Former Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, 54, reportedly pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual assault in Ingham County (Mich.) Circuit Court today. He was accused of molesting several young athletes while working with the United States Gymnastics teams and Michigan State University.
You’ll recall, former Michigan State University student Tiffany Lopez pulled the trigger on a sexual assault lawsuit against the physician last year.
He’s being accused of assaulting more than 130 women and girls, including Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, and McKayla Maroney.
The former physician will be in court for sentencing on January 12th where victims will have the opportunity to speak. He’s facing at least 25 years in prison.
In other news...
“Lenny Letter” writer Zinzi Clemmons just quit following rape statements made by Lena Dunham. Lena accused actress Aurora Perrineau of lying about being raped by "Girls" writer Murray Miller.
By the way, “Lenny Letter” is a weekly online feminist newsletter created by Lena Dunham and Jennifer Konne.
Author Zinzi Clemons took to social media to announce her resignation and explained why she made the decision. She also encouraged other writers, specifically women of color, to take a stand and do the same.
“As a result of Lena Dunham's statements, I have decided that I will no longer write for Lenny Letter, Zinzi wrote on Facebook. “For all you writers who are outraged about what she did, I encourage you to do the same. Especially women of color. She cannot have our words if she cannot respect us.”
She went on to talk about Lena’s "hipster racism" antics, citing her own personal experiences with her even before she became famous.
Read the full post below: