Native Gymnast Ashton Locklear Comes Forward As A Survivor in Powerful Instagram Post


Posted By Corinne Oestreich July 26th, 2018 Blog



Most are familiar with the trial of Dr. Larry Nasser and his abuse of women and girls in the US Olympic gymnast team etc, but even now women are still finding the strength to come forward and voice their stories of survival.

On her Instagram page, Olympic Gymnast Ashton Locklear used her public platform to join the ranks of survivors from Nassar's ugliness. See her incredibly brave post below..

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Hi Everyone,⠀ Today I want to share something with you, even though it’s something I hate talking about. I hate talking about it because it brings me back to dark times and I feel very vulnerable and I have a lot of anxiety when I start thinking about it. There are so many emotions at once. I’m scared. I’m sad. I’m angry. I’m confused. I’m confused why it all happened because we were put in a position of trust. Even at world championships-It was about trust. A person acting like our friend to gain power and control. I’m just confused as to why it all happened.⠀ ⠀ Seeing so many brave girls come forward helped me find the courage to do the same, but it is still terrifying. So many girls who were strong enough to talk about it in front of all those people inspired me to come forward and tell my story in hopes that it too will help people, so that this won’t ever happen again. So today for the first time, I am publicly sharing what IT IS….⠀ ⠀ I am a survivor of Dr. Larry Nassar. It’s important to me for people to know because I want you to know my full story of what I’ve been through and what I had to come through to be the person I am today. Without sharing my truth, a lot of people are missing a huge chunk of my life. Please know that I am dealing with this as best I can, and I am surrounding myself with people that can help me with my healing process. My sister survivors have been and continue to be an important part of that process.⠀ ⠀ I also want you all to know that I’m not done with this sport yet. Even though I was selected to represent Team USA as an alternate in Rio in 2016, my dream is to compete in the Olympics, not just go. Even after all I’ve been through, I want to show that it’s possible to still go after your dreams. I am recovering from some recent surgeries, but I am still in the gym every day and I am committed to giving it all that I’ve got for 2020. If you are wondering why I would stay in the sport after all that has happened, it is because it has been my dream to compete in the Olympics since I was 2 years old. I REFUSE to let Larry Nassar take that dream away from me. He took enough, he doesn’t get to take my dreams too.⠀

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About Corinne Oestreich

Corinne Oestreich (Mohawk/Lakota) has been a writer with powwows.com since 2014. She lives in the state of CA, and enjoys attending and photographing many of the Northern CA powwows and events. She owns her own photography business and is also a Fellow with Changemaker Initiative in partnership with Ashoka.

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3 thoughts on “Native Gymnast Ashton Locklear Comes Forward As A Survivor in Powerful Instagram Post

  1. I am so sorry that you experienced that type of behavior. It is not your fault. He is the adult and knows better, the difference between right and wrong. You are starting the healing process from within. Native life has a lot to offer. Seek out yourself from your tribal elders and your higher power. Go back to the basics. You are brave and not alone. You are setting the tone for future Native girls. Be strong, first for you. Life is precious and a gift. This will make you stronger….stay focus. I will pray for you. I am so proud of you for continuing.

  2. Betty Locklear says:

    Sorry this happened to yo. Don’t let it be a barrier. Move forward because you seem to be very brave and I know you can do this. Best of luck and prayers!

  3. So many girls know the words you speak are their words and we share the same story of feelings of shame and fear. A disciplined life is therapy for a wounded soul. Take your heart and hurts and dreams and place them in the hands of your Creator! Joy and peace and victory is your prize!

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