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Simone Biles Says Sleeping "All The Time" Helped In Coping With Sexual Abuse

"It wasn't easy but I feel like I'm a stronger woman today. I feel like telling my story has helped younger girls."

 

U.S. Olympic gymnast, Simone Biles recently sat down with Priyanka Chopra-Jonas on If I Could Just Tell You One Thing, in which she discussed the aftermath of the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of Larry Nassar.

In the YouTube special, the 22-year-old gymnast revealed that she has been attending therapy because she's "still going through things in everyday life that [she] still has to go to therapy for."

"It all comes back to my childhood and everything that's happened to me being sexually abused and all of that stuff," Biles started. "Everybody knows about Larry Nassar and what happened with him," Chopra-Jonas added. She then later asked, "If it's not too intrusive, when did you know that you were abused? Because you were so young."

The gold medalist shared that she had asked a friend to describe "sexual abuse" and was later validated by the same friend that she was indeed sexually abused. However, the gravity of the situation did not hit Biles immediately.

"I kind of brushed it off. I was like 'no, I'm not willing to put that out there for the world to see. They're not going to see me as 'Simone the gymnast' they're going to see Simone as 'the abused survivor.' So I denied it and I buried it. I was very depressed."

Biles went on to detail how her depression affected her day-to-day. "I never left my room, I was sleeping all the time and I told one of my lawyers, 'I sleep all the time because it's the closest thing to death,'" she said.

The famed athlete is one of at least 250 girls who was abused by the former USA Gymnastics national team doctor. Her teammates in the 2016 Summer Olympics Final Five team, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas, were also victims of Nassar. Reported by CNN, Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in a Michigan state prison to seven counts of sexual assault against minors in January 2018. That following month, he was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in federal prison to an added three counts of sexual assault.

A little over a year since his sentencing, Biles says she is now "feeling stronger."

"It's a lot better now," Biles said as Chopra-Jonas offered her sentiments. "It wasn't easy but I feel like I'm a stronger woman today. I feel like telling my story has helped younger girls."

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According to reports, the officer has been with the Madison County Sheriff's Office in Huntsville for 12 years and sparked backlash for referring to LGBTQ qualms as "a fake movement which requires no special attention but by persons with an altered ego and fake agenda."

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In a statement, Monday, the Madison County Sheriff's Office revealed a deputy had been placed on leave, while Local sheriff Kevin Turner offered kind words to the friends and family of Nigel Shelby.

Turner said: “Bullying of any group or person in or outside of schools is unacceptable, and I welcome any and all efforts to raise awareness to bullying and bring bullying to a stop. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is proud of the community support and engagement we have received over the years, and we look forward to growing those community partnerships.”

 

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The week-long tour will take selected high-achieving students to visit 11 historically black colleges and universities located along the East Coast from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, Georgia. While on this tour, selected students will be able to meet with college admissions counselors as well as former Shawn Carter Foundation scholars. Over 125 schools in the New York/New Jersey area have been invited to take part in some of the college prep workshops that will lead up to the tour. Then in September, administrator-selected students will tap into weekend ACT/SAT prep sessions that also touch on resume skills and dressing for success.

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Russell Wilson recently made history as the National Football League's (NFL) highest paid player. To celebrate this wealth, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback purchased Amazon stock worth $12,000 apiece for 13 of the team's offensive linesmen, TMZ reports.

The premise behind the gesture is to help set the players on a lucrative path post-NFL. "We all have dreams of what we can build and accomplish off the field," he wrote in a memo. "One important lesson I have learned thus far in my career: The memories on the field will last forever, but we have to constantly prepare for life after football."

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Earlier this month, Wilson signed a $140 million contract. He'll suit up with the Seahawks for the next four years. The re-signing follows a previous four-year agreement the 30-year-old athlete made with the team.

 

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