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Breanna Stewart says she was sexually abused for two years during childhood

Breanna Stewart says she was sexually abused for two years during childhood”

The WNBA and United States of America basketball superstar revealed Monday in The Players' Tribune one of her family members molested her for two years when she was a child.

"There is no easy way to tell you".

Stewart, a former U-Conn. star who was part of the gold-medal winning USA basketball team at the Rio Olympics, is the latest woman to come forward, inspired by the #MeToo Twitter movement started by actress Alyssa Milano. In the wake of widespread sexual assault allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, there has been a social media movement for people who have experienced sexual assault or harassment to share their own stories with the hashtag, #MeToo.

She did not disclose the identity of her attacker, saying he was a "construction worker" who "lived in one of the houses" of a relative.

Stewart, who led the Huskies to four straight national championships from 2012-16, wrote that penning the essay is "one of the most hard things I've ever done and will ever do".

"I don't remember what I felt".

Breanna Stewart (right) celebrates the US gold medal in basketball in Rio with Brittney Griner (left) and Elena Delle Donne.

"I had basketball practice that night".

"I went to my dad and told him that I still wanted to go, " she wrote. He couldn't believe it.

"Part of why I waited so long to tell so many people - even those very close to me - is because I don't want to be defined by this any more than I want to be only defined by how well I play basketball, " Stewart wrote for The Players Tribune. "I'm not the most vulnerable person - I don't talk about my feelings much - so this is uncomfortable". 'That's often when I think about it. "I could be surrounded by my teammates or friends or complete strangers, living life as I normally would, and memories like lightning will strike", Stewart wrote.

"It's not a dirty little secret". "'When you're comfortable with it, and when you're comfortable being open about it, you could save someone's life". "That's why I'm writing this".



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