Simone Biles Joins #MeToo Movement, Claims She Was Sexually Abused

In the wake of the growing #MeToo movement, Olympic medalist Simone Biles has added her name to the list of women who have allegedly experienced sexual misconduct.

On Monday, the gymnast took to social media to share that she was sexually abused by USA Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar. This comes as a complete shock after Biles openly supported her teammates who were also reportedly sexually abused by Nassar. 

In November 2017, Twitter users went into a frenzy when Biles's team captain, Aly Raisman, came forward and stated that she was sexually abused by Nassar. Raisman's revelation was not what angered social media users but the response from teammate Gabby Douglas.

Douglas took to Twitter to "victim shame" Raisman by stating that women should dress modestly and be classy.

"Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd," Douglas had said.

Since the argument, Douglas had apologized via Twitter.

"I didn't correctly word my reply & I am deeply sorry for coming off like I don't stand alongside my teammates. Regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable. I am WITH you. #metoo," Douglas tweeted.

While Douglas may have received backlash for her immediate response to Raisman's tweet, Biles openly stated that she supported and stood by Raisman.

What social media did not know then was that Biles also experienced abuse from Nassar.

Biles Breaks SIlence

The 20-year-old took to Twitter to share her experience and stated that she was disappointed and disgusted to have experienced this from someone that she was told to trust.

"It is not normal to receive any type of treatment from a trusted team physician and refer to it horrifyingly as the "special" treatment," Biles wrote.

According to the New York Times, Nassar is currently in jail in Michigan and will be facing up 22 counts of first degree sexual misconduct involving over seven victims.

Although Nassar pleaded guilty to assaulting the seven girls, the judge is allowing all of his accusers to speak in court. Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas will not appear in court, while Olympian Jamie Dantscher is set to testify.

According to one of Nassar's accusers, Rachael Denhollander, girls as young as 6 years old were sexually abused by Nassar.

"These were real young women who are suffering devastating consequences now, and this could have been avoided," Denhollander added.

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