Sport Sagstrom reveals she was sexually abused as a child

11:06  23 february  2021
11:06  23 february  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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(Reuters) - Swedish golfer Madelene Sagstrom has revealed she was sexually abused as a child and hopes that by speaking out she may help others in the same situation deal with the trauma.

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Sagstrom, ranked 62nd in the world, said she was abused by an adult male friend in Sweden when she was 7-years-old but kept it secret for 16 years.

The 28-year-old said she first shared her story in 2016 with her mentor Robert Karlsson, a former Ryder Cup player who she had met through the Swedish national team.

"For 16 years, I acted like nothing ever happened," Sagstrom told the LPGA Tour https://www.lpga.com/news/2021/sagstrom-if-i-touch-one-life-it-will-all-be-worth-it. "I immersed myself in golf. Golf became my saviour. And when I played well, I was okay.

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"What I didn't realise is that I simply did not like who I was. All those years, I blamed myself. I hated myself. I despised my body and hurt myself both mentally and physically. That day haunted me.

"Telling Robert was the biggest release I've ever had. It's a big reason why I won three times in 2016 and earned my LPGA Tour card. I didn't feel like I was hiding anymore."

Sagstrom later told her family and others around her, which she described as the "start of a new chapter" in her life.

"The day I shared my secret, all my walls broke down," she said. "Finding my voice and courage to share my experience has taken time.

"If I touch one life by telling my story, it will all be worth it."

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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