Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

WNBA star Breanna Stewart: I was sexually abused as child

Kansas City Royals v Seattle Mariners

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 30: Breanna Stewart, the No. 1 draft pick of the WNBA Seattle Storm, throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals at Safeco Field on April 30, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Getty Images

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.

I’m still working through what comes next now that I have told my story. In sharing, I know that no matter how uncomfortable I typically am making things about myself, as a public survivor, I now assume a certain responsibility. So I’ll start by saying this: If you are being abused, tell somebody. If that person doesn’t believe you, tell somebody else. A parent, a family member, a teacher, a coach, a friend’s parent. Help is there.

Writing this article was incredibly courageous. Hopefully, by sharing her story, Stewart finds peace and helps others do the same.