In light of the recent #MeToo movement where people have come forward with their stories of sexual abuse and misconduct, Seattle Storm star Breanna Stewart has come forward with her own story.
Titled "Me Too," Stewart details in an essay for The Player's Tribune how she was abused from 9-11 by a man who lived with some of her relatives.
Stewart didn't identify her abuser, but said he worked in construction and smoked cigarettes constantly.
It was because of the abuse that Stewart honed in on basketball because it became a "safe space" for her.
"In some ways, I'm still the same 11-year-old who just wanted to go to practice," Stewart wrote. "I've never been to therapy. I didn't want to talk about it. I didn't want to relive it. It's something I've tried to tuck away as far back on the shelf as I could. But that only works to an extent.
"I've cried. I cry most after I tell someone who's important to me. Talking about what I went through, explaining all of it — it guts me. I'm forced to relive it. That's when it hits that what happened is real. It wasn't just an awful nightmare. It wasn't some other life I lived at another time."
Stewart said she told her parents when she was 11 about the abuse, and that the man was arrested and confessed. However, Stewart said she wishes she could block out the memories that are attached to that time in her life.
"I'm angry he took advantage of me as a child. I'll never get that time back," she wrote. "And what memories I still have, I'll never be able to erase them. Sometimes I wish for a few more black holes."