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” Her abuser, she said even nicknamed her “Jailbait.” She says she’s “come to understand the terrible power dynamics that play into whistle-blowing by ‘subordinates’ against persons in power, how difficult it can be for someone to speak up.

At the 2016 Olympic games, the president of the USOC said that the USOC would not conduct an investigation and even defended USA Gymnastics as one of the leaders in developing policies to protect athletes. We’re dealing with real lives in the future of our sport.

That’s the response a courageous woman gets when she speaks out? We need to believe this won’t happen again.” Is that even possible? If the sport undergoes a complete overhaul, and if Raisman and her fellow survivors are involved at every step.

If gyms get smarter about their logistics — where they place exam rooms, who’s allowed into them and how empowered they feel to speak up, for starters — and about their culture. Victory shouldn’t be so paramount that athletes who do find the courage to speak up are brushed aside for fear of wrecking the winning formula.

Adults shouldn’t be so enamored of medals that they silence kids’ voices and their own instincts.

She wrote, “At the time, I shared what happened to me with my parents, two adult friends and one of my older brothers.

No one seemed ready to confront this taboo subject then, nor was I.” She asks, rightfully: “Why didn’t an adult on the set find his predatory advances strange — that over-the-top special attention he gave me?

I keep thinking about that People magazine cover, the one that declared them “America’s Sweethearts!

” while they grinned for the camera, more than half of them sharing an unspeakably painful secret.

“(The United States Olympic Committee says) now they applaud those who have spoken out, but it’s easier to say that now.

When the brave women who started speaking out back then, more than a year after the USOC says they knew about Nassar, they were dismissed.

Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson East released a video Monday night saying if she had a daughter, she wouldn’t enroll her in gymnastics.“Until we protect these little girls as human beings,” she said, “instead of protecting them as gymnasts just to make sure they win gold medals, we aren’t going to make any progress that’s meaningful.”Exactly.