“The past is not inevitable”: Magda Wiet-Hénin reveals having been a victim of incest at the age of 6

She hoped to become an Olympic champion to find the strength to create an association “to help all young people who, like her, have suffered sexual violence in their past”, reveals this Sunday the French taekwondoist Magda Wiet-Hénin on her Instagram account .

Eliminated as soon as she entered the competition in Tokyo, the European champion under 67 kg has kept “a bitter taste” and could not help but postpone her association project, feeling “not ready” . She nevertheless understood during her Olympic preparation, during which she confided that she had “never been so happy and fulfilled”, that she needed to talk about her story.

“I have a huge need to free my word, to show myself completely without having to hide a secret that hurts […], to accept the fact that I was the victim of incest when I was six years old, a word which for me is very difficult to pronounce ”, she writes. She pronounces it anyway because she “would like to prove to all the people to whom it has happened the same thing that the most important thing is to be an actor in her projects, in her life.” “

“The past is not inevitable”, summarizes Magda Wiet-Hénin in her message, to which several high-level athletes responded with kindness, Johanne Defay, Jean Quiquampoix or Audrey Tcheuméo. The opportunity also for her to announce that she will “try to write a book, to tell how thanks to taekwondo (she) found the way to be proud.”

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