Simone Biles, Olympic gold medalist and one of the stars of USA Gymnastics, revealed Monday that she was sexually abused by former team physician Larry Nassar, USA Today reports.
On the eve of Nassar’s sentencing on seven sexual assault charges, Biles posted a letter on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #MeToo.
Here is some of what she said:
“I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar. Please believe me when I say it was a lot harder to first speak those words out loud than it is now to put them on paper. There are many reasons that I have been reluctant to share my story, but I know now it is not my fault.”
“For too long I’ve asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answer to those questions. No. No, it was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others.”
“It is impossibly difficult to relive these experiences and it breaks my heart even more to think that as I work towards my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused.”
More than 140 women have accused Nassar of sexual abuse from USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, including three of Biles’ teammates: Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney.
Nassar has already been sentenced to 60 years in federal court on child pornography charges, and faces life in prison in a Michigan court this week.