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Aly Raisman Tweets About Leotards and Victim-Shaming

"Leotards Are Not the Problem": Aly Raisman Gets Real About Victim-Blaming in Gymnastics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 04:  Aly Raisman of the United States looks on during an artistic gymnastics training session on August 4, 2016 at the Arena Olimpica do Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman will not tolerate victim-blaming or -shaming. Raisman, an empowering role model through and through, is no stranger to raising her voice on behalf of assault survivors. She, along with more than 150 women, experienced sexual assault by then-USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. In January, Raisman gave a powerful victim statement during his trial and condemned the institutional failures that allowed the horrific abuse to go unchecked for years.

On March 25, in the wake of Nassar's sentencing, 23-year-old Raisman took to Twitter and used her exemplary voice again after someone questioned whether "gymnasts should continue wearing leotards."

Raisman's tweets emphasize that survivors should never feel at fault, regardless of what they wear; to point out their choice of clothing implies otherwise. Banning leotards or expecting victims to change is not the answer. Instead, Raisman asked her followers to educate themselves and directed them to #FlipTheSwitch, a campaign she started to help protect children from sexual abuse.

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