Simone Biles and other stars who are sexual abuse survivors
Simone Biles says the abuse she suffered under Larry Nassar probably contributed to her Olympic withdrawal
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According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women in the US are raped within their lifetime. Being open about trauma is intrinsic to healing, and fortunately, many famous survivors are coming forward to share their experiences, and prove that you can thrive as well as survive.
Simone Biles has been front and center in the media during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. When she dropped out citing concerns for her mental health, it reignited the conversation about abuse within the gymnastics world. Biles was one of more than 150 athletes who came forward in 2018 to speak out against Larry Nassar, team doctor for the United States women's national gymnastics team. Nassar had been sexually abusing gymnasts under the guise of medical treatment for more than a decade. In a recent interview, Biles was asked if this experience had anything to do with her withdrawal from the Olympics. She answered, "Now that I think about it, maybe in the back of my head, probably, yes, because there are certain triggers. You don't even know, and I think it could have."
Biles dropped out of the Olympics after the first gymnastics event due to her mental health, but the brave young athlete made a triumphant return for one of the last events, scoring a bronze medal for her performance on the beam.
Click on to see which other inspirational celebrities have opened up about their experience with sexual assault.
LIFESTYLE Olympic games
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