Simone Biles’s story is one that amazes many.
Born into a broken home to a mother who was unable to care for her children as she battled addiction, Biles entered foster care at a young age before her maternal grandfather and his wife adopted Biles and her younger sister.Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Years later, Biles became known for her athletic ability and gymnastics skills.
We learned today that the world hasn’t heard all of five-time Olympic medalist’s story.
Biles revealed on Twitter that like her teammates Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and former Olympian McKayla Maroney, she too was sexually abused by disgraced United State Gymnastics physician, Larry Nassar.
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 15, 2018
Most of you know me as a happy, giggly, and energetic girl. But lately…I’ve felt a bit broken and the more I try to shut off the voice in my head the louder it screams. I am not afraid to tell my story anymore.
I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar. Please believe me when I say ti was a lot harder to first speak those out loud than it is now to put them on paper. There are many reason that I have been reluctant to share my story, but I know now it is not my fault.
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 behavior is completely unacceptable, disgusting, and abusive, especially coming from someone whom I 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 wasn’t my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and other.s
It is impossibly difficult to relive these experiences and it breaks my heart even more to think that as I work towards my dream of competing in Tokyo 202, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused.
After hearing the brave stories of my friends and other survivors, I know that this horrific experience does not define me. I am much more than this. I am unique, smart, talented, motivated, and passionate, I have promised myself that my story will be much great than this and I promise all of you that I will never give up. I will compete with all of my heart and soul every time I step into the gym. I love this sport too much and I have never been a quitter. I won’t let one man, and the other that enabled him, to steal my love and joy.
We need to know this was able to take place for so long and to so many of us. We need to make sure something like this never happens again.
As I continue to work through the pain, I kindly ask everyone to respect my privacy. This is a process, and one that i need more time to work through.
XO, Simone Biles.
Our thoughts are with Biles and the many others hurt by Nassar as the continue to heel from the horrific abuse they suffered.