I think part 2 of the gymnastics abuse articles might be more disturbing than part 1. These girls are brave. I'm honored to know them and call some of them friends. And again, for those that would argue, this happened "then", please keep in mind this man still coaches. Or was, I assume, up until about 8a.m. this morning when this piece came out.
The insidious effects of this kind of abuse are salient. These girls (now women) learn not to trust their experiences. To require outside validation for everything. Something bad happened to them as children, really bad, and it was ignored, or worse yet, they were told "This isn't happening. Just keep your mouth shut." Try to grasp the impact of this. You grow up, you have an experience, and you go, did that just happen? Someone said I was bad or stupid or ugly or mean, maybe I am? I don't think so, but maybe I am because he/she said so. I deserve this treatment because I am bad. I will accept it. If I am better, it won't happen anymore.
And so for those who say: this happened over 20 years ago. Get over it. I say: not so easy. These women are strong, and brave, and courageous. To come forward, trust their own experience, and be willing to shout it from the rooftops and take the criticisms that ensue. It is the first step towards believing in one's own worthiness. Go Julie. Go Doe. Go ladies go.