On Monday, January 15th, Olympic gold winner Simone Biles added her name to the list of gymnasts that were molested by doctor Larry Nassar. Biles posted a letter on her social media accounts, coming forward about being abused by Nassar. Over 100 victims have come forward regarding Nassar, who faces a weeklong sentencing hearing.
"I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar," Biles wrote, hashtagging "#metoo" in her Twitter post.
Biles' post is similar to the ones posted by other members of the "Fierce Five" from the 2012 Olympics.
Feelings... 💭 #MeToo https://t.co/ICiu0FCa0n— Simone Biles (@Simone Biles)1516051340.0
At the hearing, each woman will come forward with their statement regarding Nassar's horrible abuse.
.@USAGym STOP VICTIM SHAMING. Your statements are hurtful. If you did not believe that I & others were abused than… https://t.co/BPRAdzwBU7— Alexandra Raisman (@Alexandra Raisman)1515599371.0
"What people need to understand is these aren't just anonymous people," Denhollander said.
I will not be attending the sentencing because it is too traumatic for me. My impact letter will be read in court i… https://t.co/RXwKWhnBXS— Alexandra Raisman (@Alexandra Raisman)1516050686.0
Biles, like many of the victims, are not just addressing Nassar, but also USA Gymnastics.
Nassar pled guilty to charges of sexually assaulting seven girls, however, all of his accusers are going to be allowed to speak.The victims will give their statements in different ways: some will stand and speak directly to Nassar. Others will have an audio recording played, and then others will have their statements read by the prosecutor.
The victims range from Olympic athletes to patients who were just excited to be seen by a doctor that worked with said Olympic athletes.
Since Biles has posted her statement, tons of support has been sent her way for her bravery and strength.
@Simone_Biles I am so sorry this happened to you, and enraged that USA gymnastics failed to protect you and other y… https://t.co/wmlFRKUwaR— Molly Knight (@Molly Knight)1516053129.0
"For too long I have asked myself, 'Was I too naive? Was it my fault?' I now know the answers to those questions. No. No, it was not my fault," Biles wrote.
@Simone_Biles Proud of you and praying for you. You are a treasure.— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill)1516052402.0
The president of USA Gymnastics was fired last year due to the way the Nassar allegations were handled.
@Simone_Biles Rooting for you.— Garance Franke-Ruta (@Garance Franke-Ruta)1516053247.0