Simone Biles took to Twitter recently to say that the former doctor for the USA Olympics Team, Larry Nassar, sexually abused her when she was a young girl. The 20-year-old said that most people know her as a “giggly and smiley” girl, but she has to take a serious moment to open up about something horrible that happened to her.
Via Twitter, the Olympic athlete revealed the doctor abused her, and the more she tried to keep quiet about it, the more it hurts, so she’s “no longer afraid” to tell her story.
Read her statement below:
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 15, 2018
As you may know, the doctor pleaded guilty to molesting ten girls as well as the possession of child pornography. He received 60 years in prison.
According to a report from CNN, around 130 women accused the man of abuse including gold medalists like Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and McKayla Maroney.
During his day in court, women spoke out against him one-by-one and delivered a similar message, one indicating his guiltiness. The trial took place in a court in Michigan, and it was there where he received his sentencing.
He pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual misconduct and admitted that he abused his power as a trusted medical professional to exploit young girls.
A spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Attorney General said that 88 individuals were to give statements against him which would make it one of the most massive sexual abuse scandals in the history of sports.
And while many expected the statements given by the women to be heartbreaking, Kristen Houser who is the Chief Public Affairs for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center said that it might be “cathartic,” to reveal their stories. To finally get reconciliation for things that happened can be therapeutic.