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Breanna Stewart reveals she was sexually abused as a child

30 October, 2017, 20:38 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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Her essay is titled "Me Too", a nod to the social media movement started following abuse allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

WNBA star Breanna Stewart has revealed that she was molested by a relative for two years during her childhood. "I haven't told many people", Stewart wrote.

Stewart said she told her parents when she was 11 about the abuse, and that the man was arrested and confessed.

Stewart, now 23 years old, said she eventually told her parents of the abuse at age 11.

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Stewart, who earned a gold medal with Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, wrote that the abuse first occurred when she was 9 years old and continued over the next two years before she told her mother in the middle of the night.

She said he would come downstairs late at night, or wait for everyone else to go to bed, and then he would molest her. Now, she says she's writing about it because "this is bigger than me" and it could save a life. He'd touch me and try to get me to touch him. Nearly two weeks ago, 2012 Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney announced that she had been molested by Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to federal child-pornography charges in June and has been accused by more than 100 women and girls of sexual assault during his time as United States of America gymnastics' team doctor. There must be pieces of me just floating out there in the ether - pieces that were stolen from me. In sharing, I know that no matter how uncomfortable I typically am making things about myself, as a public survivor, I now assume a certain responsibility. "But I was recently reading McKayla Maroney's personal account of sexual abuse - one of many powerful stories the #metoo campaign has inspired - and I felt ... less alone".

Now, she wrote, "every time I tell someone, I feel a little more unburdened". "Memories are sucked in and never come back out". But she wrote that she is not ashamed. 'I've never been to therapy.

Stewart also explained why she wrote the article in the Player's Tribune. She knows that her parents called police and that she gave a statement, although she does not remember it.

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