Aly Raisman Says We Need to Talk More About Sexual Assault
"I can't tell you how many girls I know that have been sexually abused at some point in their life."
Aly Raisman is a force to be reckoned with. Not only because of her successful career as a gold-medal-winning Olympic athlete, but also because of her role as an inspirational role model for young girls. The 22-year-old gymnast has already opened up about her insecurities, and now she's speaking up about sexual assault, which has affected several women in her life.
In a Facebook Live for People, Raisman was asked what was bothering her most lately-the answer to which came very easy to her. In light of USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal, the athlete opened up about her concerns surrounding the issue and what could be done about it. "We live in a culture where if a girl is wearing a short skirt or she's wearing a low-cut blouse, it's okay for men to rape women," she told People. "It's just out of control. I can't tell you how many girls I know that have been sexually abused at some point in their life and it's so sad."Of course, this problem extends far beyond Raisman's circle: "The statistics are just alarming," she said. "It's one in four girls are sexually abused, and those are just the girls that speak up."
That's why the gymnast is calling for change through conversation. "There needs to be a class that's valued just as much as math class that teaches boys and girls to respect each other," she said. "If a girl doesn't say 'yes,' then it's not consent."