Gymnast Simone Biles Reveals She Was Also Sexually Abused by Olympic Doctor Larry Nassar

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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.

Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, and McKayla Maroney have all disclosed information regarding Nassar. They will not be attending Nassar’s hearing.

According to NBC news, the statements will detail how Nassar “violated them with ungloved hands, using his reputation and invasive ‘treatments’ to mask serial sexual assaults.” The first woman to come forward was Rachael Denhollander. She accused Nassar in the summer of 2016.

“These were real little girls, some of them as young as 6 years old,” she said in a statement. “These were real young women who are suffering devastating consequences now and this could have been avoided.”

The organization made him an Olympic doctor and has come under fire for their statements and “victim shaming.” They allegedly tried to silence victims, and enabled Nassar.

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.

 “I hope I can look him in the eye,” Jeanette Antolin said. She’s a former national team member who was abused between 1997 and 2000. “I don’t want him to feel like he has any more power over me, so I’m going to stay as strong as possible.”

And a lot of people aren’t happy with how USA Gymnastics and Michigan State (where Nassar was employed) has been handling everything. As Denhollander puts it, “Had MSU handled those reports of sexual assault properly in 1997 we wouldn’t have have 93 victims coming forward to speak.”  

“No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others.” According to reports made from gymnasts like Raisman and Maroney, USA Gymnastics tried to keep the girls quiet after they came forward about their experience with Nassar.

“It’s important that the message of not just the consequences of sexual abuse but the consequences of enabling sexual abuse are heard loud and clear,” Denhollander explained. The girls show strength beyond measure in their statements and speaking up for change.

“And we have one of the best examples here of what we could have done better and how it could have been prevented here,” she continued. “And if we don’t learn from this example, the cycle will just continue.” Here’s to breaking the cycle and continuing to fight for the voices to be heard.