If not for her personal good then for others, Breanna Stewart stated it: “I used to be molested for years.”
The star for the WNBA’s Seattle Storm and former UConn ahead got here ahead, saying “Me Too” in a Gamers’ Tribune essay revealed Monday, opening up concerning the man who violated her as a preteen.
She didn’t disclose the id of her attacker, saying he was a “development employee” who “lived in one of many homes” of a relative.
As a 9 yr previous who grew up in Cicero, N.Y., she would sleep over on the home, the place he would strategy her at night time.
“You recognize these goals the place you attempt to run however your physique gained’t transfer?” she wrote. “That was me: paralyzed, silent.”
Stewart stated she endured this torture for 2 years earlier than she informed her mother and father, who alerted police. After Stewart talked to police, she stated the attacker confessed every thing.
It was over for him, however not for her. As a 23-yr-previous WNBA All-Star, she nonetheless has flashbacks and wishes quiet moments day by day.
“I’m indignant he took benefit of me as a toddler,” she wrote. “I’ll by no means get that point again. And what reminiscences I nonetheless have, I’ll by no means have the ability to erase them.”
Stewart was impressed by former gymnast McKayla Maroney coming ahead together with her story of abuse; studying it made her really feel “much less alone.”
“Perhaps that’s the purpose,” Stewart surmised. “Our experiences are totally different. How we cope is totally different. However our voices matter. … In sharing, I do know that regardless of how uncomfortable I sometimes am making issues about myself, as a public survivor, I now assume a sure duty. So I’ll begin by saying this: In case you are being abused, inform someone. If that individual doesn’t consider you, inform someone else. A mum or dad, a member of the family, a instructor, a coach, a pal’s father or mother. Assistance is there.”