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Aly Raisman Schools Us All

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Should gymnasts continue to wear leotards?

Olympic gymnast and sexual assault survivor Aly Raisman was recently asked that question. And in her fierce response, she makes it clear that she won’t tolerate people blaming survivors — specifically gymnasts — who have been sexually assaulted.

No one asks to be assaulted, no matter what she wears — and on Sunday, Raisman tweeted her thoughts on this:

This isn’t the first time Raisman has been outspoken about how women should dress and be however they want. In this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, for instance, she posed nude with the words “women do not have to be modest to be respected” written all over her body. Clearly, Raisman knows how to make powerful statements.

In January, the gymnast also testified at Larry Nassar’s sentencing hearing about being abused by him —  becoming an advocate for survivors everywhere. During her testimony, she said, “Larry, you do realize now that we, this group of women you so heartlessly abused over so long a period of time, are now a force and you are nothing. The tables have turned, Larry. We are here, we have our voices, and we are not going anywhere.”

But that’s not all: Raisman is trying to change the system so others won’t be abused. Earlier this month, she filed a lawsuit against the United States Olympic Committee, claiming they knew about the abuse while it was happening — and how that is unacceptable, stating:

I refuse to wait any longer for these organizations to do the right thing. It is my hope that the legal process will hold them accountable and enable the change that is so desperately needed.

Right on.

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