Olympic Gymnast, Gabby Douglas Hits Back At Cyber-Bullies

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Olympic gymnast, Gabby Douglas is hitting back at bullies by telling the victims of cyber-bullying that they are not alone.

The three-time gold medal-winning Olympian found herself the subject of online bullying and harassment after she achieved fame with her Olympic efforts in Rio this year, but now the 20-year-old is using her own experiences to help and inspire others.

She said:

“I just want to say that you are not alone. And even though it may seem the world’s against you – and I definitely felt like the world was definitely against me in Rio – I’m here today to tell you that’s not the case. There are people out there who love you and your life is very valuable and it’s very important, so just stay strong.”

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Gabby found herself the subject of online trolling over everything from her hair to her facial expressions and the fact that she was so overwhelmed she forgot to put her hand on her heart during the National Anthem!

However, her supporters rallied round, even creating the hashtag in support of her.

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Since then, Gabby has become an ambassador for ‘Hack Harrassment,’ a campaign set up by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation alongside various media and tech companies. The campaign aims to ‘take a stand against online harassment.’ As Gabby explained:

“It’s pretty simple, you take the pledge and you don’t be mean online anymore.”

Douglas also called on parents to do their part to stop online bullying, saying:

“If you’re a good example to your kid, your kid’s going to follow that example.”

Great work Gabby – turning your own negative experiences into an inspiration for others!

 

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Phot Credit: Instagram / Sporty Afros / Biography.com

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