Olympic gymnast Simone Biles came forward with her own #MeToo story, alleging a gymnastics doctor sexually abused her, in a Monday statement.
Biles accused former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexually abusing her, saying it had taken her a while to come forward with her story.
“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,” Biles tweeted in a statement Monday. “There are many reasons that I have been reluctant to share my story, but I know now it is not my fault.”
Biles is one of many other female gymnasts like Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney who have accused Nassar of sexual abuse. Nassar was recently given a 60 year prison sentence for a federal child pornography charge in December 2017. He will face anther sentencing for sexual misconduct charges within the next week.
“For too long I’ve asked myself ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answer to those questions,” Biles said. “No. No, It wasn’t my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG and others.”
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