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2016 Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Simone Biles revealed Monday afternoon that she is among the 140 women and girls who’ve survived sexual abuse at the hands of former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

The 20-year-old is the fourth member of the victorious 2016 USA Olympic gymnastics team deemed the “Fierce Five” to say they were abused by Nassar. She joins former teammates Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney in her recent admission.

“I, too, am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” Biles said in Monday’s Twitter post which was accompanied by the hashtag #MeToo. “Please believe me when I say it was a lot harder to first speak those words out loud than it is now to put them on paper. There are many reasons that I have been reluctant to share my story, but I know now it is not my fault.”

Biles continued on to point out there was a coded language used among Nassar’s victims. They would reference the abuse as the “special” treatment.

“It is not normal to receive any type of treatment from a trusted team physician and refer to it as the “special” treatment. This behavior is completely unacceptable, disgusting and abusive, especially coming from someone whom I was told to trust,” she wrote.

Like many other victims of sexual assault, Biles said she once pinned the blame on herself for perversion she was subjected to.

“For far too long I’ve asked myself ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answer to those questions,” she continued. “No. No. It was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others.”

Biles also said she is anxious about returning to training for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for fear of reliving the trauma caused by Nassar.

88 of the 125 women and girls who’ve been asked to share their accounts of sexual abuse by Nassar will speak in court on Tuesday.



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