Storm's Breanna Stewart details years of sexual abuse
Seattle Storm star Breanna Stewart joined women around the country by sharing her story of sexual abuse on The Players' Tribune on Monday.
In an essay titled, "Me Too" -- a nod to the hashtag that spread throughout social media in the wake of dozens of accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein -- Stewart wrote about two years of abuse she suffered at the hands of a man living in a relative's house starting when she was 9 years old.
Stewart, 23, wrote about telling her parents about the abuse:
"This is where the details get difficult for me. There are some parts I can't remember about that day. I've heard that's common with trauma — your mind replaces memories with blank spaces. Like a Ctrl+Alt+Delete for anything that hurts too much.
"I have so many black holes in my brain. Memories are sucked in and never come back out. There must be pieces of me just floating out there in the ether — pieces that were stolen from me. Pieces that are forgotten.
"I do remember that my parents called the cops and that my entire family was at my house by the time the sun rose.
"Then, blank space."
After years of struggling in the aftermath of the abuse, Stewart explained why she felt it was important to share her story publicly, which she called "one of the most difficult things I've ever done or will ever do."
"Every time I tell someone, I feel a little more unburdened. I wish it was as simple as saying that it’s just something that happened to me. Part of it is just that simple — it literally is something that happened. But I don’t know why it happened. I don’t know why this happens. Or why sexual abuse keeps happening.
"I do know that I’m doing something completely outside of myself by writing this. In fact, this is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done and will ever do. But I was recently reading (gymnast) McKayla Maroney’s personal account of sexual abuse — one of many powerful stories the #metoo campaign has inspired — and I felt … less alone.
"Maybe that’s the point. Our experiences are different. How we cope is different. But our voices matter."
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