Seattle Storm and former UConn star Breanna Stewart admitted to being sexually assaulted as a child in a Players' Tribune article.
Stewart writes about how she was assaulted for two years, beginning at the age of nine. She didn't reveal the name of the abuser except that he was a "construction worker" who lived in one of the houses of a relative that she would stay with from time to time.
Basketball was Stewart's safe haven as she says the game "became a sort of safe space for me."
After going to her parents, the abuser was arrested by the police, and he confessed to everything. That night, after everything that had occurred, Stewart still wanted to go to basketball practice.
"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."
Despite the pain of reliving these horrific moments, Stewart says she is writing this because of something her father had told her.
"It's not a dirty little secret," her father said. "When you're comfortable with it, and when you're comfortable being open about it, you could save someone's life."
The article, entitled "Me Too" in reference to the #MeToo movement on Twitter, ends with Stewart pleading readers to say something if they have been abused.
Stewart was a start at UConn, winning four straight national championships as well as being a three-time Naismith Award winner in her collegiate career. With the Storm, she was the WNBA's Rookie of the Year last season.