intro’d to Aly here:
from 16 min video/statement
8 min – why must the manipulation continue..t
9 min – that’s the response a courageous woman gets when she speaks out..?
10 min – at this point.. talk is worthless to me
it’s clear now that if we leave it up to these orgs.. history is likely to repeat itself
judge Aquilina to Aly: you were never the problem.. but you are so much the solution..
YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK Use your social media to spread kindness Gymnast Author of FIERCE……
Alexandra Rose Raisman (born May 25, 1994) is an American gymnast and two-time Olympian. She was a member and captain of both the 2012 “Fierce Five” and 2016 “Final Five” U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics which won their respective team competitions.
At the 2012 Olympics in London, she won gold medals in the team and floor competitions, as well as the bronze medal on the balance beam, making her the most decorated American gymnast at the Games. At the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she won a gold medal in the team event, making her and teammate Gabby Douglas the only Americans with back-to-back team golds. Raisman also won silver medals in the individual all-around and for floor exercise.
Raisman was also a member of the gold-winning American teams at the 2011 and 2015 World Championships.
In November 2017, Raisman came forward as one of the many victims sexually abused by the former Olympic team physician, Larry Nassar, starting from the age of 15.
The top leadership of USA Gymnastics’ board of directors resigned following days of withering public criticism by women who accused Larry Nassar of sexually abusing them. https://t.co/0RY0If72FQ
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Many of the victims were minors, sometimes abused with their parents in the room while they were medically examined. There is evidence that Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, the two elite institutions associated with Nassar, were slow to act on reports that he was abusing girls and young women.
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Some of the victims say coaches and administrators were aware of complaints against Nassar, but no actions were taken against him.
“I’m so angry that, after realizing that we were abused, they let him continue to molest other gymnasts when they told me there was an investigation going on,” Raisman told ESPN’s Outside the Lines, referring to USA Gymnastics. “They told me to be quiet. I thought that they were doing the right thing, and I didn’t want to tip off the investigation. I trusted them and I shouldn’t have.
Meanwhile, other gymnasts reached settlements that would keep them from speaking publicly: McKayla Maroney, who won gold with Raisman in 2012 in London, reportedly faced a $100,000 fine from USA Gymnastics if she spoke out about Nassar (she originally came forward in December 2016) as part of a $1.25 million settlement. USA Gymnastics later issued a statement that said it “has not sought and will not seek any money from McKayla Maroney for her brave statements made in describing her victimization and abuse by Larry Nassar.”
Girls in the sport are desperate to achieve, and just as desperate to please the adults around them, she concluded. And that makes them vulnerable. In this environment, Ryan said this week in an interview with Vox, “the abnormal starts to become normal.”
“The younger that age is, the more at risk that sport is to sexual violence,” Stirling said. She added the risk factors increase for those who define themselves as athletes — something particularly true for an Olympian or other top athlete.
Such competitors may fear speaking out because it may feel as if they’re sacrificing their goals — and part of their identity.
That can increase the pressure to keep quiet about abuse. Teenage girls, said Ryan, are training like professional athletes, under enormous pressure, and are grateful to be with the top coaches. They have a short window to succeed in the sport. Rocking the boat, so to speak, isn’t an option.
“These are girls,” she said. “If you are an elite gymnast you are a perfectionist. You’re totally driven. Totally focused. Your parents have probably mortgaged the house and they have a lot riding on your success, [so] you’re not going to disappoint anybody.”
Read this all the way down, and then go back up top, and read it again. https://t.co/y006KVPe7I @prisonculture and Kelly Hayes discussing what we mean when we say justice.
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