Over the last couple of days, the words “me too” have been gaining a lot of attention on social media. Actress Alyssa Milano, on the suggestion of a friend, tweeted out Sunday that women who had experienced sexual harassment or assault should post those words in a status. The goal of the hashtag was to give people a sense of the “magnitude of the problem,” and comes on the heels of the disturbing allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
Both men and women have taken to social media to share their voice, with some posting only the hashtag, while others have revealed their personal stories. One athlete who broke her silence on Tuesday and shared her own story was Olympic gymnast Tatiana Gutsu.
Gutsu, who won four medals — including all-around and team gold — as part of the Unified Team (she’s originally from Ukraine) at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, alleged in a Facebook post to being raped by teammate Vitaly Scherbo in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1991 when she was 15.
Scherbo, who is Belarusian and one of the most decorated gymnasts of all time, also competed at the 1992 Olympics, winning six gold medals.
Gutsu also accused Rustam Sharipov and Tatyana Toropova of being enablers. Sharipov is a Ukrainian gymnast who won gold on the parallel bars at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and is currently the head coach of the men’s gymnastics team at Ohio State University.
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Gutsu’s full post on Facebook can be found below.
Allegations of sexual abuse have been all too common of late in gymnastics, including the reports that U.S. Gymnastics failed to protect its athletes from sexual abuse that went on for years.
American gymnast Aly Raisman, a six-time Olympic medalist, tweeted out her support for Gutsu.
I support you Tatiana, I am so sorry. I am devastated. Vitaly you disgust me. Those who looked the other way are just as guilty. https://t.co/goaqk3AwgV
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) October 17, 2017