Olympic gold-medalist gymnast Gabby Douglas is being criticized on social media for a Tweet that seemed to suggest the way women dress can lead to sexual abuse.
In response to a tweet by Aly Raisman, who recently alleged she was sexually abused by a Olympic doctor, that read in part, "I will not put up with any woman or girl being shamed for wanting to wear a skirt, dress, etc.," Douglas tweeted "however it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy. dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd."
That message drew a rebuke from fellow Team USA member Simone Biles. "(S)hocks me that I’m seeing this but it doesn’t surprise me... honestly seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support her."
shocks me that I'm seeing this but it doesn't surprise me... honestly seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support her. I support you Aly 💕 & all the other women out there!— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) November 17, 2017
STAY STRONG pic.twitter.com/CccTzhyPcb
Douglas apologized for her response in another tweet.
i didn't correctly word my reply & i am deeply sorry for coming off like i don't stand alongside my teammates. regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable. i am WITH you. #metoo— Gabby Douglas (@gabrielledoug) November 18, 2017
The apology didn't satisfy some on social media.
To Gabby Douglas and anyone who “miswords” their opinions on how women dress- just FYI if someone’s intent is to rape you, it doesn’t matter if you’re naked or in a jacket & pants. Stop putting the narrative on how females dress and put it on how rapists ACT.— Davina Leone (@davinaleone) November 18, 2017
I love Gabby Douglas as an athlete & I've always supported her as a Black woman, but girl.. Please do not go around blaming women for men sexually harassing/assaulting us.
The only people at fault of sexual harassment/assault are the men sexually harassing/assaulting women.— Paige Matthews (@WickedBeaute) November 18, 2017
Very disappointed in Gabby Douglas' response to her teammate and friend's story. Victim shaming gives abusers the idea that since no one believes the victims, they can do it again. If we don’t hold the abusers accountable, what is stopping them from doing it again?— Taylor Phillips (@TaylorJo53) November 18, 2017