Yesterday, four-time Olympic winning gymnast Simone Biles announced her support for the #MeToo campaign, by revealing that she too was one of victims of past Team USA gymnast doctor Larry Nassar.
Nassar is currently serving 60 years in prison for the possession of child sex abuse images and is awaiting sentence after admitting to sexually assaulting several female gymnasts.
Revealing the news in a statement on Twitter, Biles said that she is “not afraid to tell my story anymore”.
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 15, 2018
She said that “it is not normal to receive any type of treatment from a trusted team physician and refer to it horrifyingly as the “special” treatment. This behaviour is completely unacceptable, disgusting and abusive, especially coming from someone whom I was TOLD to trust”.
She is not the first US Olympian to accuse Nassar of sexual abuse; Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney have all previously come forward with similar allegations, according to the Independent.
Biles’ statement was received with support and compassion from many on Twitter.