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Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman said she has been labeled hypocritical for posing nude in Sports Illustrated‘s swimsuit edition because she is a sexual-abuse survivor.
“Women do not have to be modest to be respected,” Raisman said. “You can be sexy, you can be wearing a sexy bikini, you can still be smart, powerful, have a voice. You can still be advocating for change, you can still be a good person, you can still be respected.”
Raisman, who noted she grew up feeling “ashamed” for showing her body, said part of the problem with society is the notion that how a woman presents herself is the reason behind a heinous crime.
“I can’t even tell you how many people have told me that, when they were raped, they were asked, what were you wearing? It doesn’t matter what you were wearing, it’s never, ever OK,” Raisman told People.