WNBA star Breanna Stewart: I was sexually abused as child
Inspired by the #MeToo movement, Breanna Stewart – a WNBA All-Star for the Seattle Storm who was the No. 1 pick and Rookie of the Year last year – revealed that she was sexually assaulted by someone who lived at the home of a relative when she was 9 years old.Stewart in The Players Tribune:
I don’t know how to say this part. I haven’t told many people. I’m not the most vulnerable person — I don’t talk about my feelings much — so this is uncomfortable.
I was molested for years.
The TV would flicker, and everything would be quiet. “It’s O.K.,” he’d say. He’d touch me and try to get me to touch him.Sometimes I would try to pull my arm away, but I wasn’t as strong. I was just a kid.
I’ll never forgive him.
But I’m not ashamed.Every time I tell someone, I feel a little more unburdened.
Writing this article was incredibly courageous. Hopefully, by sharing her story, Stewart finds peace and helps others do the same.