Former University of Connecticut Women's Basketball star Brenna Stewart said she was a victim of sexual assault.
In a post on the Player's Tribune, the current Seattle Storm forward explained an incident that she was assaulted for two years and it started when she was 9 years old.
"There is no easy way to tell you. But it’s time. #MeToo," Stewart tweeted on Monday.
Actress Alyssa Milano started the #MeToo movement after the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations.
Stewart, who led UConn to four national championships, was the latest to tweet the hashtag after she penned the article for the Player's Tribune. She said her abuser was a construction worker, who she knew as a child and who lived in one of the houses of a relative. She said the man would molest her when she slept over at the family member's house and the abuse continued for two years until she finally told her parents, who reported the man to police.
"We ordered pizza. During dinner, the cops came to the house to tell us he’d been arrested. My dad later told me that the guy had confessed everything to the police," Stewart wrote. "I don’t remember what I felt. Another blank space."
In the essay titled Me Too, 23-year-old Stewart said she used basketball as an escape.
"I had basketball practice that night. I went to my dad and told him that I still wanted to go. He couldn’t believe it. With all I’d been through, the only thing I wanted to do was go play basketball," Stewart wrote.
Stewart also explained in the Player's Tribune that she thinks those incidents every day.
"Even though I play in front of thousands of people or talk to reporters all the time, I have quiet moments every day that no one sees. 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.
Stewart also explained she wanted to use her star power to help other abused women find the strength to seek help.?
“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," Stewart wrote. "That’s why I’m writing this. This is bigger than me."
UConn Women's Basketball retweeted the article.
".@bre_stewart30 once again showing the courage that is typical of her. "If you are being abused, tell somebody ... Help is there," their tweet read on Monday.
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