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Simon Biles Breaks Silence Hits #MeToo

(SL) – Simone Biles is the latest gymnast to come out and say she was sexually abused by imprisoned former U.S. gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.
Biles, who won four gold medals and five medals overall at the 2016 Olympics, said on Twitter that she is one of”many survivors” to be abused by Nassar, who also worked at Michigan State. Biles joins fellow gymnasts Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney to come out against Nassar.
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The revelation came in a long statement on her social media accounts — one day before a week long sentencing hearing where Nassar will hear from nearly 100 victims
“Most of you know me as a happy, giggly and energetic girl. But lately…I’ve felt a bit broken and the more I try to shut off the voice in my head the louder it screams,” Biles wrote in a #metoo post. “I am not afraid to tell my story anymore. I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” she continued. “For too long I have asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answers to those questions. No. No, it was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG [USA Gymnastics], and others.”
USA Gymnastics and Michigan University are accused of giving Nassar unfettered access to vulnerable girls and women, ignoring signs or complaints of sexual misconduct, and trying to silence victims.
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Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty in Ingham County, Michigan, to sexually assaulting seven girls, but the judge is allowing all of his accusers to speak. More than half of those who have filed complaints are expected to give a statement. Nassar is facing a sentencing hearing today.
He’s already serving 60 years for child pornography and assault.
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Doctor Larry Nassar Sentenced To 60 Years

(SL) – Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has been given a 60-year sentence for possession of child pornography in federal court.
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Judge Janet T. Neff handed the 54-year-old Nassar the maximum sentence on three child pornography charges of receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography and destruction and concealment of records.
Among the star gymnasts to accuse Nassar of abusing them are gold medalists McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas.

Gabby Douglas Is Going For Gold And You Get To Watch

(SL) – Gabby Douglas took the world by storm 4 years ago when she became the first African-American to win the Individual All-Around Gold, at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. And now she will become the first American gymnast to defend her title and you get to watch!
Gabrielle along with her momager Natalie Hawkins and her siblings are set to take you behind the scenes and along for what is sure to be one fascinating journey as she prepares for Rio 2016.
Douglas Family Gold  which gives viewers and fans an inside look of the youngest child of Natalie Hawkins’ and her tight-knit family as they help Gabby prepare for the Summer Olympics.
If you’ve followed Gabby’s career , you know it’s been one of sacrifice, trials and triumph. From a time when Natalie went years without a new pair shoes, pawned jewelry and according to one report even filed bankruptcy due to her willingness to make sure her children had what they needed to now overseeing her Olympian status daughter and her many endorsements, the Douglas family knows what life is like on both ends of the spectrum and audiences everywhere will certainly be inspired by this family and their chase for Olympic gold…a second time around.
Gabby and Her Mom Natalie took time out of their busy schedules to talk about the show, their lives both personal and professional during a conference call where media outlets like NBC Olympics, Huffington Post,  Rolling Out, Ebony.com and SytonniaLIVE were on hand for a Q and A that lasted about an hour.  I’ve pulled the pieces readers are most interested in from the transcript and listed them below.  Hope you enjoy this interview and make sure you tune in tonight to Oxygen at 10 p.m. ET for the Season Premiere ‘The First Hurdle’ which will show Gabby attempting to make the national team!
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Interview:
Q: Why the quest for the back-to-back
gold?
Gabrielle Douglas: Why the quest for back-to-back to gold? For me I – I’m a person who
loves a challenge and I felt like after 2012, you know, even though I won two
gold medals there was still like more that I wanted to do. So I didn’t want to retire because I was like young and I still, you know, loved
gymnastics and I still do so I was like, “Why not give it another shot?” And I
think that I was always like determined to go to 2016 to go to another
Olympics.  That’s why I’m doing it.
Q: Whose idea was it originally to do this show and did it – did you
take any convincing to agree to it?
Gabrielle Douglas:Yes I did. It was actually my oldest sister Arielle Hawkins. She actually
was the one that, you know, pitched the idea and we were all – well like not
me but, you know, my mom, my brother, my other sister – they were all like,
“Yes I think it would be cool.”
But I was the one who was a little bit hesitant because, you know, my main
focus was Rio and, you know, obviously it still is. So I didn’t want, you know,
the cameras in the gym distracting me while I was training and for the most
part they, you know, everyone at Oxygen was very respectful and they were
like, “Hey we don’t want to, you know, get your mind off Rio either.”
So we all like came together and, you know, figured out a plan and it worked
out and, you know, then I agreed and yes.
Natalie Hawkins:Actually I want to hop in real quick. I actually didn’t agree with it remember?
Gabrielle Douglas: Oh yes that’s right. I was like thinking about it. I was like, “Wait did she not agree either?” Okay we both didn’t. All right.
Natalie Hawkins: Okay. Thank you.

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