Simone Biles has revealed that she is also a voice in the #MeToo movement.
The Olympic Gold medalist shared in a statement Monday afternoon, that she too was sexually assaulted by Team USA Olympic doctor, Larry Nassar.
“I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar.”
“Please believe me when I was 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 it’s not my fault.”
“This behavior is completely unacceptable, disgusting, and abusive, especially coming from someone whom I was TOLD to trust.”
“As I continue to work through the pain, I kindly ask everyone to respect my privacy. This is a process, and one that I need more time to work through.”
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 15, 2018
Biles joins a list of about 140 women who have come forward to reveal the disgraced doctor sexually assaulted them.
Via the Huffington Post:
The first allegation against Nassar came out publicly in September 2016, a year before the explosive rise of the #MeToo movement. He had already been let go by USA Gymnastics in 2015 and was subsequently fired from his faculty position at MSU. In December 2016, he was arrested for possessing at least 37,000 images of child pornography, and in July 2017, he pleaded guilty to three federal counts relating to child pornography. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison this December.