2 weeks ago we told you of the first gymnast to get a full settlement from British Gymnastics for the alleged abuse she suffered at the hands of her former coach. We now know that coach is still working, despite not holding BG membership. @Gymnasts4Changebbc.co.uk/sport/gymnasti…
"There is no way that such a volume of abuse could happen without abusers"
What actions have been taken?
"Until we have clarity on this, I don't see how we can move forward as a sport in a safe, secure and enjoyable way."
Well said @amytinkler2 �#gymnastallianceetwitter.com/amytinkler2/st…B
A huge milestone for GAA members today. Impacted gymnasts from the @InsideWAIS WAG program received an apology from the WA Government for abuse suffered in the program.
This acknowledgment is an important step towards healing and change.
Important to know that abusers carefully cultivate the good persona Dr. Jekyll who is also the abusive persona Mr. Hyde They couldn't get away with it otherwise It's very conscious It's part of the grooming & #gaslighting It damages your #brain as documented on brain scans twitter.com/jempin515/stat…
This part 🥺❤️
Former gymnasts- you are not hateable. You did not deserve to be punished, shamed, insulted, outcast, ignored or physically abused. You were never the problem. They were meant to be responsible adults, helping you. BG failed you. Read it again. Let it sink in.twitter.com/BBCWomansHour/…M
It's important we all understand what abuse looks like so we can call it out and prevent it from continuing to happen.
To help, we have defined the four types of abuse at gymnastsforchange.com/athlete-abuse
If you're reading about an example of abuse that has happened to you, but a voice in your head is downplaying/normalising it, thinking about it in a different setting can help you to gain clarity on how to feel and see it for what it really is
If so, you may feel confused, upset or even in denial or guilty for starting to think maybe you were abused. Part of the problem is gaslighting, so don't listen to the voice that says you are exaggerating or mistaken about the worst parts.
@marieannswift I agree. So glad to be talking about this on a day when someone I respect immensely, Kelly Holmes OLY has finally been able to speak her truth. Sport silences so many of us in many different ways. Wishing peace and splice to all those who finally take back their voices.
This is so true @marieannswift
I’ve spoken to multiple ex-gymnasts in their 40’s who were victims of rape in within the British Gymnastics system, who wouldn’t even consider going to the police. And if gymnasts don’t feel they will be believed in cases of rape… 1/2
If parents treated their children the way coaches have treated them they would likely have their children removed from their care, find themselves in court and possible prosecuted. Why does the law not recognise child cruelty/neglect in sport settings in the same way? twitter.com/GovTutor/statu…
Today I’ve written an opinion piece in the Sunday Times. Please read it, share it and help Gymnasts for Change to apply pressure to both British Gymnastics and the Government. It’s essential we bring about these important changes now - to ensure the safety of children in sport. twitter.com/Gymnasts4Chang…
It would be interesting to learn what's happening or is coming out of the clubs since the #WhyteReview publication to address the findings direct with members.
Any letters, website statements, meetings, actions, promises etc.
Let us know 👇
The Whyte Review was damning and devastating but none of the abusive coaches were named and many of them are still working in gymnastics.
@jempin515, @N_Pavier and @claireheafford explain why the sport can only move forward once those coaches have gone.
You can see BG's thinking here; Jane Allen, denied a 'culture of fear' & blamed the bad press on a rogue coach. After Athlete A she continued to gaslight whistleblowers, even going on national television to do so. The @BritGymnastics Board appeared to back her to the hilt.
After a two year investigation into British Gymnastics following accusations of bullying and abuse, the #WhyteReview has been published. Claire Heafford of @Gymnasts4Change and lawyer Sarah Moore, who is representing 38 ex-gymnasts, discuss the findings: bbc.in/3NWXCH9
Watch our co-founder @claireheafford on @CNN talking about the Whyte Review, what it means to her, and what needs to happen moving forward.
Change cannot rest with BG alone. The Government must introduce legislative change now.
FINALLY vindication for what we have been trying to explain for the last two years. When people have asked
“but what did they actually do?”
“they are all snow flakes”
Read the report, read the news articles in black & white. It’s was abuse & shouldn’t have happened.
@Natpirks My expectations were low, especially after I heard Sally Munday pre-judge Whyte's likely conclusion as 'a few bad apples', so the feeling of vindication has been enormous. Very disappointed however, in Munday's denial that @uk_sport may have been complicit in medals over welfare.
Coming up for air after a day where gymnasts finally got the validation of seeing the abuse they’ve spent two years telling us about, laid out in black + white. The strength of these (mostly) women never ceases to amaze me. I really hope this is a new dawn for the sport.
🧵Today the#Whyterevieww was published. In 2020 Anna Whyte was commissioned to review the the role of athlete well-being and welfare within British Gymnastics (BG)
This followed highly publicised abuse of Olympic Gymnasts highlighted in Netflix documentary "Athlete A" and beyond.
If your wondering if the culture of fear is gone in British gymnastics. Then take a look to see how many active competing GB gymnasts publicly support the Whyte review. British gymnastics need to remember they don’t own anyone and having an opinion isn’t an attack!!
Ready or not, we made it here.
Long overdue ofc but I hope now everything's out and the failures confirmed we can really see meaningful change & stop pretending it wasn't that bad or just "a few bad apples".
Still so much work to do but today is an important part. #whytereviewtwitter.com/Bdownie/status…
The Whyte Review has uncovered extremely disturbing and completely unacceptable abuse in gymnastics.
This must lead to a culture shift in gymnastics at every level where safeguarding is the top priority.
It’s not too late to speak out 👇0
Huge day of reckoning for British Gymnastics and well-deserved validation for the whistleblowers who exposed rife abuse in the sport.
The 300-page Whyte Review is damning:
95% of BG members are under 18. More than 70% under 12. BG could and should have protected gymnasts from the physical, emotional and sexual abuse described by the #WhyteReview. They failed. twitter.com/seaningle/stat…
1/ The #WhyteReview has recognised a culture of failing by BG, with medals prioritised over athlete welfare. But this damning report merely lifts the lid on decades of suffering.
The recommendations are welcome, but fall far short of what is needed.