Simone Biles, an Olympic Champion and five-time medalist, has come forward to admit that she too is a victim of convicted sexual molester and former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who was convicted in November of sexually abusing as many as 140 young women.
Under the guise of practicing medicine, Nassar abused top-tier gymnasts and dancers for years. Six of his victims have filed a lawsuit against him, along with Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics. His sentencing is set to take place on Tuesday, January 16.
Biles has added her name to the list of victims, and posted her story on Twitter Monday afternoon, saying, “I’ve felt a bit broken and the more I try to shut off the voice in my head the louder it screams. I am not afraid to tell my story anymore.”
“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.”
Read her complete statement below:
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 15, 2018
Simone Biles, the golden girl of the 2016 Olympics, added her name Monday to the list of gymnasts who say they were molested by team doctor Larry Nassar. https://t.co/zjspRYGAlP pic.twitter.com/R7TphwrItu
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) January 15, 2018
In an earlier report Monday, it was noted that several other victims of Nassar’s abuse have slammed the mainstream media for their silence on the story. Even has the #MeToo movement has picked up momentum, the victims of Larry Nassar have never been acknowledged. Their case was also completely ignored by the Golden Globes awards recently.
Before admitting that she too was a victim, Biles had re-tweeted two other posts about the case recently.
ugh I’m an emotional wreck lately
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 13, 2018
so, at least half of the 2015 Worlds team were abused by Nassar and had to deliver on the international stage while there was an ongoing investigation. These young women are incredibly strong
— Luba Baladzhaeva (@cherity1313) January 9, 2018
I support you @MagsGotSwag12 proud of you for sharing your story. I stand with you. I know this is not easy but I know you are incredibly strong. We will get through this together!
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) January 9, 2018
— Lifetime (@lifetimetv) January 8, 2018