#Roommates, #GabbyDouglas received major backlash for making comments on Twitter after fellow teammate Aly Raisman came forward and revealed she was sexually assaulted by former Team USA doctor #LarryNassar. Now, GabbyDouglas has dropped a bomb of her own, claiming she too was abused by the same physician.
According to @TMZ_TV, Gabby claims she was also a victim and in a statement she addresses why she didn’t say anything. “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,” she said.
Though Gabby has since apologized for her remarks, which many have considered to be victim shaming, the timing of her claims shouldn’t be taken lightly. Many women find the courage to come forward only after others do so first. To be fair, the remarks were insensitive but Gabby has chalked it up to one big misunderstanding.