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Aly Raisman pens powerful post on victim shaming: 'We are all in this together'

by Gina Vivinetto / / Source: TODAY

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Aly Raisman is fed up with victim shaming.

The Olympic gold-medal gymnast, who recently came forward with sexual abuse allegations involving Team USA doctor Larry Nassar, took to Twitter on Friday to let sexual abuse survivors everywhere know she's on their side.

"Just because a woman does a sexy photoshoot or wears a sexy outfit does not give a man the right to shame her or not believe her when she comes forward about sexual abuse," the 23-year-old gymnast tweeted. "AND when a woman dresses sexy, it does not give a man the right to sexually abuse her EVER."

Raisman went on to say that women have the right to dress however they please, and to feel "sexy and comfortable in their own skin."

"STOP VICTIM SHAMING," she demanded of those who shoot down allegations by women courageous enough to share their stories of sexual violence. "It is because of you that so many survivors live in fear.”

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Aly Raisman, above at the 2016 Rio Olympics, describes her sexual abuse claims in her recently published memoir "Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything."Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Earlier this week, the six-time gold medalist shared with TODAY's Hoda Kotb details about Nassar — whom she called a "monster" and a "master manipulator" — allegedly molesting her under the guise of giving her medical treatment.

Raisman also shares her story in her recently published memoir, "Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything."

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The athlete's revelation comes just a month after her 2012 “Fierce Five” teammate McKayla Maroney first alleged she'd been abused for years by Nassar, beginning when she was 13.

Nassar is currently in jail after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. He is also awaiting trial on sexual assault charges after being accused by dozens of athletes whose stories are similar to Raisman's and Maroney's.

Raisman told Kotb she went public with her story hoping to help others.

"This is just the beginning," she said. "I'm just getting started, and I’m not going to stop until I get what I want, which is change."

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