Seattle Storm star Breanna Stewart opened up today about being a victim of sexual abuse. In a very touching, and powerful essay in in the Players’ Tribune today, Stewart opened up about the traumatic experience, while exhibiting great courage.
It was from the ages of 9-11.
I was so young. Even at that age, I knew what was happening was wrong. It felt wrong. But it was also confusing.
After dealing with the trauma and shock internally for years, Stewart recounts telling her parents:
“Mom? Mom, I have to tell you something.”
She sat up and just looked at my face. I led her back to my bedroom. I laid down on my bed while she sat on its edge.
And while, she has opened up about all of this, Stewart knows that her words will help others:
That’s why I’m writing this. This is bigger than me.
The out-pour of support for Stewart after revealing was overwhelming, as she received a litany of support for showing such strength in sharing her story as part of the #MeToo campaign.
Thank you for your bravery & opening up your heart @bre_stewart30 #MeToo https://t.co/X2XthmT2Sg— Jennie Finch (@JennieFinch) October 31, 2017
#strength personified @bre_stewart30 as the brother of a survivor I appreciate you for speaking up and speaking out. #Survivor #Powerful— Marcus Spears (@mspears96) October 31, 2017
I couldn't agree more. Thank you for bravely sharing your story, @bre_stewart30. Your powerful words will undoubtedly help so many others. https://t.co/zwHzHOrNsi— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) October 30, 2017
This is heart wrenching courage and strength. Thank you @bre_stewart30 https://t.co/J82BRdOEKJ— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) October 30, 2017
.@bre_stewart30 is giving voice to us all; her remarkable courage sets an unmistakable example. We luv u, Stewie! #WNBA #MeToo #SeeHer https://t.co/4n5QEWHQ8J— Lisa Borders (@WNBAPrez) October 30, 2017