‘I feel broken’: Simone Biles says she was sexually abused by her team doctor
‘I’m not afraid to tell my story anymore’
On Monday, five-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles added her name to a long list of women who say they were molested by their official team doctor, Larry Nassar.
"Most of you know me as a happy, giggly and energetic girl," she wrote in a #MeToo post, "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," she continued, "I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar."
She went on to say that for too long she blamed herself for being naive, and questioned whether her feelings about the experience were valid. "I now know the answer to those questions," she said, "No, it was not my fault."
Earlier this year, three members of the "Fierce Five" team — McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas — came forward with similar statements. "I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar," Simone said.
The girls will not be at Nassar's sentencing, but 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher will testify.