Former Cicero-North Syracuse basketball star Breanna Stewart revealed in a publication this morning that she had been molested as a child.
Stewart told The Players Tribune that the man molested her for two years starting when she was 9 years old.
In her published account, Stewart said she shared her story after reading McKayla Maroney’s revelation about her own sexual abuse as part of the #metoo movement.
Stewart said she wanted others to encourage others who’ve suffered sexual abuse to come forward:
I’m still working through what comes next now that I have told my story. In sharing, I know that no matter how uncomfortable I typically am making things about myself, as a public survivor, I now assume a certain responsibility. So I’ll start by saying this: If you are being abused, tell somebody. If that person doesn’t believe you, tell somebody else. A parent, a family member, a teacher, a coach, a friend’s parent. Help is there.
Stewart – who went on from winning state championships with the Northstars to winning national championships with the UConn Huskies before going to the WNBA – said the abuse occurred in the home of a relative whom she stayed with frequently.
She declined to identify the man, but indicated that once she told her parents about the abuse, police investigated the incident and that the suspect was arrested and confessed his crimes to the police.
To read Stewart’s account, visit The Players Tribune website.