A response to the ‘sister survivors’ from the U.S. Olympics Gymnastics Team from a former gymnast who currently works at Kids Hub.
How do you feel about the speech at the ESPYS 2018 awards and the Nasser trial?
As someone who idolized the gymnasts that came from the Karolyi Camp and Ranch, it disgust me that this was happening for so many decades. Now that I work with victims of child sexual abuse, the image and speech was empowering. I hope it helps young people stand up, speak out and realize they are not alone.
Working in this field and being a former gymnast, what would you say to a parent of a child who does gymnastics or another gymnast?
To the parent, I would say have open communication with your child about boundaries, have multiple conversations and be willing to listen. If your child does disclose, believe your child and report it.
To the child, be confident in yourself to continue to tell until someone listens.
The ripple effect of our actions or inactions can be enormous… Perhaps the greatest tragedy of this nightmare is it could have been avoided… If just one adult had listened, believed and acted, the people standing before you on this stage would have never met him… We may suffer alone, but we survive together. – Aly Raisman
Click here to view the YouTube clip of the ‘Sister Survivors’ – https://youtu.be/W9hu5HLoSzM