Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles said Monday she was sexually abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar.
“I, too, am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” Biles wrote in a Twitter post accompanied by the “#MeToo” hashtag, adding she now knows “it is not my fault”:
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 15, 2018
Biles’s post came ahead of a weeklong sentencing hearing, during which Nassar will hear victim impact statements — describing how they trusted the doctor but were then abused by him — from almost 100 victims, NBC News reported.
In November, Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal misconduct. Three of those counts applied to victims under 13 years old and three others applied to victims between 13 and 15 years old.
Nassar used his position “in the most vile way to abuse children,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said at the time, calling those who endured his attacks “superheroes for all of America because this is an epidemic.”
Raisman said Monday via Twitter she will not be attending Nassar’s sentencing because it would be “too traumatic” for her:
I will not be attending the sentencing because it is too traumatic for me. My impact letter will be read in court in front of Nassar. I support the brave survivors. We are all in this together. #StopAbuse
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) January 15, 2018
Biles, Douglas and Maroney are not expected to attend the sentencing, either.
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