ReadThisThing - July 20th, 2018

ReadThisThing (Jul 20th, 2018)

Aly Raisman Takes the Floor

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[Aly] Raisman is quick to assert that while she never expected to be an activist, she's grateful that people are listening -- but admits the burden weighs on her. Often, when she speaks, she'll stop and edit herself; at one point in our conversation, she grabs paper and starts furiously taking notes. She's deeply fearful of getting something wrong, of committing the rhetorical equivalent of a slip off the balance beam. "There are so many people out there that are survivors, but there are few that have a voice," she says. "I know that I'm one of the few that are being heard, so I just want to do right by people."

The Olympic gold-medal gymnast has become a voice for abuse victims, and has taken on the institutions she says should have done more to protect her and other gymnasts. 

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