Recently, Aly Raisman bravely opened up about being sexually assaulted by her USA Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar as did her former teammate McKayla Maroney along with many other courageously strong women in the sport. Since sharing her story, Aly has been sent waves of support from teammates and fans from all across the world.

The outpour of encouragement towards Aly inspired her to write a tweet about how victims of this type of assault need to stick together and be strong. Gabby Douglas, another member of the final five saw the tweet and decided to share her own thoughts about it. In a since deleted post on Twitter, Gabby wrote that it was the job of a woman to dress modestly in order to not become a victim of this kind of matter. That kind of comment did not set well with others, including Simone Biles who saved a screen-capture of her post and tweeted back, “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! STAY STRONG.”

Needless to say, Gabby’s comment did not sit well with others. Fans were quick to respond, many wondering how she could say something like that about someone who was one of her best friends. It all turned into a firestorm, to which Gabby had to clarify that her words were taken out of context. She first wrote to a fan that she was in fact not blaming the victims then wrote a much lengthier message that reads, “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.”

Aly has yet to respond to Gabby’s comments, and Simone has yet to say anything about her teammates apology. Fans are still very much upset with Gabby over her comments, many urging her to contact Aly privately to apologize. Though no matter what route she takes, it doesn’t take away the incredible courage it took for Aly to share her story in hopes of raising awareness and helping others who have been through a similar matter.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call 1-800-656-HOPE to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

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