Olympic swimmer reveals: I was sexually harassed at the age of 13

Maddie Groves, who was stunned when she retired from the tests to Tokyo, was interviewed and did not agree to reveal the identity of the person she blames, but did say that he still works in the field

The silver medalist from the Rio 2016 Olympics (in the 200m butterfly and 4x100m medley), Maddie Groves, rocked the swimming world last summer when she retired from the tests for Tokyo in a post in which she explained her decision as “a lesson for those misogynistic perverts.” Half a year later, the Australian swimmer expanded on the matter and also said she was sexually harassed from the age of 13 by a man who still works in the field.

She made the remarks in an interview with ABC and said she decided to talk about the issue after seeing an investigation into swimming coach John Wright, who is accused of sexually assaulting boys he coached in the 1980s and 1990s. He is in custody and charged with nine counts, including of assault. It should be noted that there is no connection between this case and Groves’ accusations.

“When I saw the report on it, there seemed to be a sense that this issue was history, not happening anymore and that times had changed,” Groves said in an interview, “but I do not think it is necessarily true because when I was a minor an adult bothered me. At the time I did not feel there was anyone “I can tell him about it and there is no one in the industry that I could reveal it to and trust even today.”

Groves declined to reveal the identity of the person she blames for the acts, but as mentioned, did agree to tell that he still works in swimming and did the same things, ostensibly, until she was 18. “I did not complain about him,” she explained, “I guess that whole experience of who. “Who complains in the field of sports is so reluctant to do it. I did not have a feeling that in my case it would be different.”

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