The Cost of One Olympic Sexual Abuse Survivor’s Fight for Justice

Mandy Meloon—widely recognized as one of the best taekwondo athletes in the U.S.—was told she could compete in the Beijing Olympics only if she took back her allegation that her coach and his brother were sexually and financially abusing her.

On August 8, the last day of the Tokyo Olympics, Meloon and the other taekwondo survivors will fly to Colorado where a class-action lawsuit alleging “intentional, reckless and negligent acts” committed by
the United States Olympic Committee, including USA Taekwondo, “toward their own athletes” might get resolved.

Keeping Score: Record Number of LGBTQ Athletes Compete in Tokyo; Police Arrest Congressional Black Caucus Chair; Louisiana Eliminates ‘Pink Tax’

This week: Olympic athletes push for gender equality and inclusivity; Biden condemns state lawmakers’ attack on voting rights; ICE prohibits arrest of pregnant women, and federal judge rules DACA is unlawful; Rep. Joyce Beatty is arrested during demonstration; Zaila Avant-garde is first African American winner of the National Spelling Bee; and more.

Sha’Carri Richardson Isn’t Just Breaking Records—She’s Breaking Glass Ceilings

While we wait with bated breath as USA Track & Field makes their final decision about Richardson’s 2021 Olympic fate, there is another story based on a double standard that needs to be told here.

Remember there are young women who aren’t in Vogue, The New York Times or People Magazine but still sport long orange hair, voluminous lashes, tattoos and colorful long nails—and they need us rooting for them to win the way we are for Sha’Carri Richardson.