Olympic champion gymnastsays she is among the group of athletes sexually abused by a former team doctor.
Douglas, the 2012 Olympic all-around champion and a three-time gold medalist, wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday that she waited so long to reveal the abuse bybecause she was part of a group “conditioned to stay silent.”
Douglas included the revelation in an apology for comments made on social media last week that suggested women dress modestly to help prevent abuse. Douglas said her comments, which she later deleted, were taken out of context.
“I didn’t view my comments as victim shaming because I know no matter what you wear, it NEVER gives anyone the right to harass or abuse you,” Douglas wrote.
The 21-year-old Douglas is the latest high-profile gymnast to come forward against Nassar, who spent nearly two decades as the national team doctor for USA Gymnastics before being fired in 2015. Douglas’ teammate in 2012 and 2016, Aly Raisman, spoke about alleged abuse by Nassar to CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook on “” earlier this month. She said the culture of USA Gymnatics kept her silent.
“We were told he is the best doctor,” Raisman said. “He’s the United States Olympic doctor and the USA Gymnastics doctor, and we were very lucky we were able to see him.”
Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney in October also disclosed abuse by Nassar.
Jamie Dantzscher, a bronze medalist on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, was part of the initial wave of lawsuits filed against Nassar in 2016 following reporting by the Indianapolis Star that highlighted chronic mishandling of abuse allegations against coaches and staff at some of USA Gymnastics’ more than 3,500 clubs across the country.
“He abused me in my hotel room in Sydney at the Olympic games,”. “I was disbelieved and even criticized by some in the gymnastics community for bringing this disturbing issue to…