Sarah Abitbol: how she explained to her 10-year-old daughter the rapes she suffered

Invited on the set of Quotidien Thursday, June 10, Sarah Abitbol returned to the rapes she suffered in the 1990s, but also, how she spoke about it with her 10-year-old daughter.

It is a testimony that made a lot of noise in the world of sport. In Un si long silence, published in January 2020, Sarah Abitbol denounced the sexual abuse and rape of which she was a victim between 1990 and 1992 by her trainer Gilles Beyer, when she was a teenager. Facts now prescribed for which the former figure skating champion can not lodge a complaint, but from which she has managed to recover, claiming to have regained her humor and her joie de vivre, several months after having broken the omerta on the violence sexual in the world of sport.

If today the French Federation of ice sports him “close the door”, in particular so that she does not evoke her story, Sarah Abitbol wants more than ever to fight for people who have also been victims of sexual abuse in the world of sport, and in particular to educate young children on this subject. Starting with her 10-year-old daughter, to whom she revealed the violence she suffered a few months ago. “I found sentences, very beautiful and very simple, explaining to him that the private parts were his little treasures and that we were not allowed to touch his little treasure, that an adult did not have the right to. right to touch a child and that unfortunately it happened to me when I was 15, […] and that I had suffered a lot from that “, she explains.

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Sarah Abitbol was “scared” to tell her daughter about her rapes

If she did not explain in detail the abuse she suffered, Sarah Abitbol confided that she planned to do it, when her daughter was older, aware for the moment that she did “only 10 years”. “I think she understood and I would like her to be proud of me and of my fight today”, said the former champion, who was initially afraid to tell her daughter about the rapes she suffered, “fear” that this one has “shame” of her. However, almost 30 years after the events, Sarah Abitbol is always “unfortunately ill, on antidepressants”, as she told France Inter, while other former skaters have brought similar accusations against Gilles Beyer, French champion 1978, as well as other trainers.

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