British Olympic pace skater Elise Christie says she was raped when she was 19.
The three-time world champion says her drink was spiked with a date rape drug whereas on an evening out in Nottingham in 2010, earlier than her attacker pressured her again to his home.
Christie, now 31, says she has by no means reported it to police.
“There should not many individuals I’ve spoken to about it – I needed to even inform my mum as a result of she wasn’t conscious,” she mentioned.
Talking to the Telegraph, she added: “I felt victim-shamed, nearly, by what occurred. I wasn’t left in a bush, battered and overwhelmed up, so again then I assumed: ‘It is not rape.'”
The incident occurred after Christie had made her Winter Olympic debut in Vancouver, and he or she says she was checked over by a health care provider within the days after the assault.
She mentioned her attacker later sought her out on Fb to apologise, however she had a panic assault a yr after the rape when she handed him on the street.
Solely 4 individuals – together with the physician – knew of the incident earlier than she determined to recount it in her autobiography ‘Resilience’, launched on Thursday.
“For me it was an enormous step to even speak in regards to the assault within the first place,” she added.
“I’ve at all times talked about the truth that I wish to assist individuals. There are such a lot of ladies who’ve gone by way of or who is likely to be going by way of this identical state of affairs proper now and will not communicate up both.”
Christie has beforehand spoken about her struggles with psychological well being and self-harm.
The Scot is concentrating on a medal at subsequent yr’s Winter Olympics in Beijing – her fourth Video games – after lacking out on a podium end in Vancouver, Sochi and Pyeongchang.
“In Beijing, actually it is nearly ending the competitors,” she mentioned.
“There’s not one distance on the Olympic Video games that I’ve completed. I do know that bodily I am not going to be what I used to be, however I nonetheless have the power to medal. But it surely will not simply be about medalling.
“I additionally wish to be the lady who helped others flip their lives round and the lady who has turned her life round and has come again. That is why I attempt to set that instance.”