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Gabby Douglas says ex-Team USA doctor Larry Nassar also abused her

Gabby Douglas says ex-Team USA doctor Larry Nassar also abused her

She made her allegations public as she was apologizing in a statement issued Tuesday for a comment she made last week about ex-teammate Aly Raisman's stance on sexual-assault victims.

Douglas alluded to the abuse in a recent Twitter post, in which she wrote that she was "deeply sorry for coming off like I don't stand alongside my teammates" and that "abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable", adding the hashtag #metoo (meant to signify the magnitude of the sexual abuse problem). It would be like saying that because of the leotards we wore, it was our fault that we were abuse by Larry Nassar.

In an Instagram post published Tuesday afternoon, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas alleges that she was sexually harassed by her former team doctor. "I know some of you may take what I am about to say as insincere, but I still wanted to provide context".

Douglas went on to expound on her controversial tweets, and explained that she too has been a victim of sexual abuse and therefore was not victim blaming by saying that women should dress modestly to avoid attracting the wrong crowd.

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Douglas' statement came after Raisman, the captain of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning teams, claimed in an interview with "60 Minutes" earlier this month that she was among the young women sexually abused by Nassar.

Nassar, 54, who has already pled guilty to federal child pornography charges, could face up to 40 years in prison in the Michigan case in which he is charged with molesting seven girls under the guise of performing a medical procedure at a Michigan State sports medicine clinic, where he was also a Michigan State team physician, and at his Lansing area home. He's facing similar charges in a neighbouring county and lawsuits filed by more than 125 women and girls. "I admit there are times that I fall short". "Please forgive me for not being more responsible with how I handled the situation", she wrote. "To every other individual that commented to or about me hatefully, I apologize that I let you down, too". I will never stop promoting unity, positivity, strength, being courageous, and doing good instead of evil.

Douglas then reiterated her apology and reaffirmed her commitment to being kind to others.


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