Ashley Wagner encourages others to speak up after sharing story of sexual assault by John Coughlin in 2008
In a nine-minute video and essay published by USA Today on Thursday (1st August), Wagner said she had "chosen to speak up" more than a decade later in the hope that her story would help make sport safer for young skaters.
The 28-year-old added on instagram that "people need to talk more about these experiences, that they need to have a bright light turned on the dark corners where they thrive."
Wagner said the incident took place after a house party during a figure skating camp at Colorado Springs when she was 17.
Fellow American Coughlin was 22 at the time. He went on to win U.S. national titles in 2011 and 2012.