Simone Biles Opened Up About Her Experience With Sexual Abuse In A New Docuseries Episode
Simone Biles Opened Up About Her Experience With Sexual Abuse In A New Docu-Series Episode
“I was super depressed. I didn’t want to leave my room.”
In a new episode of her Facebook Watch docuseries Simone Versus Herself, she got raw and honest about overcoming that experience.
“I’m definitely older, so it’s more than just my gymnastics at this point that I’m advocating for,” she shared about talking about her abuse. “Being one of the remaining survivors in this sport, I feel like I still have to be a voice for them.”
“It’s going to be harder to shut us out and our voices out if there is still somebody competing in the sport and is active,” she said. “They can’t sweep that under the rug because I’ll always be here and I’m kind of the face of gymnastics right now and as a survivor, it doesn’t go away.”
In the episode, she explained why it was so hard for her to accept what had happened to her.
“All those years no one really told us what sexual abuse was. So we didn’t really feel like we were going through it or we were victims,” she said
Once she came to terms and had processed her emotions, the depression set in.
“I was super depressed. I didn’t want to leave my room. I didn’t want to go anywhere,” she revealed. “I kind of just like shut everybody out.”
As for her decision to finally share her experience with the world, Simone thinks it’s important to be a voice for others.
She shared, “It’s okay to say ‘I need help.’ There is nothing wrong with that. I feel like athletes are coming out of the woodworks and telling people ‘It’s okay.’ Because at the end of the day we’re just like you.”
While it’s an experience she’s struggled to cope with, she believes that the only way to move forward is to embrace the pain and use it for good.
“Some of the things that shaped you into who you are, you can’t change,” she shared for those who are also struggling. “And that’s the reason you are the way you are. You can’t erase them, so you have to embrace them.”
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July 6, 2021 at 05:12PM