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Just a few months after Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman came forward with claims of sexual abuse from former Team USA doctor Larry Nassar, Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles also has her own story to share.
In a lengthy Twitter post, the gymnast detailed her horrific experiences, and also revealed the reasons why she decided to finally come forward…
“I am not afraid to tell my story anymore,” she began.
“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.
“I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics, 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.
“After hearing the brave stories of my friends and other survivors, I know that this horrific experience does not define me. I am much more than this. I am unique, smart, talented, motivated and passionate. I have promised myself that my story will be much greater than this and I promise all of you that I will never give up.
She then concluded by assuring her fans that this will not stop her from doing what she loves, which means that we can still expect to see her competing (and most likely winning lots of medals!) in the next Olympic Games…
“I will compete with all of my heart and soul every time I step into the gym. I love this sport too much and I have never been a quitter.
“I won’t let one man and the others that enabled him to steal my love and joy.”
We applaud Simone’s bravery for finally coming forward and sharing her experiences. As did a host of other people, including teammate Aly Raisman…
“I am so proud of you. You are incredible Simone. I stand with you,” Aly Raisman wrote on Twitter after Simone shared her story.
“I am shaking reading your post. I know we will all get through this together.”
We’re glad the Team USA gymnasts are sticking together during this undeniably difficult time.
Nassar’s court sentencing starts today. Back in December, he was sentenced to 60 years imprisonment on child pornography charges.