Today, there is sadly another #MeToo in the sports world. Olympic medalist Simone Biles took to Twitter on Monday to reveal that she is a sexual assault survivor, having been sexually assaulted by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
Biles noted that she was aware of her "happy, giggly, and energetic" image, but that in private, she had long felt broken due to Nassar's actions. She described the "special treatment" she received from Nassar, whom was someone that she was told to trust.
"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," Biles wrote in the heartfelt statement. "No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others."
Nassar stands accused of assaulting a number of members of the USA gymnastics team, and has pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault. He faces at least 25 years in jail, and is also awaiting sentencing for charges of child pornography.
A few months ago, USA Olympic gymnastic champion Gabby Douglas came under fire for comments made about her teammate Alexandra Raisman, who revealed that she had been sexually assaulted by Nassar. Shortly after her controversial comments, Douglas apologized and also revealed that she too, was a victim of Nassar's.
For her part, Biles maintained that she refuses to allow Nassar or those that protected him rob her of her passion for her sport. She said that she is getting ready to train to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but also noted that she is already struggling with the knowledge that to do so, she "will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused."
Concluding her statement, the champion called for change, writing, "We need to know why this was able to take place for so long and to so many of us. We need to make sure that something like this never happens again."