Aly Raisman slams the shaming of survivors of sexual abuse in powerful post

"It is because of you that so many survivors live in fear."

Aly Raisman Victim Shaming
Aly Raisman. –Dylan Martinez / Reuters, File

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman condemned the shaming and blaming of women and survivors of sexual abuse in a powerful statement Friday.

“Just to be clear,” the Needham native wrote on Twitter. “Just because a woman does a sexy photoshoot or 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.”

Earlier this week, Raisman told 60 Minutes that she was sexually abused by a USA Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar, who began treating her when she was 15. She wrote about the alleged abuse in her new book, “Fierce,” which published Tuesday, and has said that she stands in solidarity with other survivors of abuse.

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“When a woman dresses sexy it does not give a man the right to sexually abuse her EVER,” Raisman wrote Friday. “Women are allowed to feel sexy and comfortable in their own skin, in fact I encourage you all to wear what you feel good in.”

The gold medalist said she won’t “put up” with or “tolerate” women or girls being shamed for what they want to wear.

“STOP VICTIM SHAMING,” she said. “It is because of you that so many survivors live in fear.”

“We are all in this together,” Raisman said, sharing the statement. “If we are going to create change I need all your help.”

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