IT'S something nobody should ever have to go through.
However for champion Moranbah gymnast Larrissa Miller it was a reality.
Ms Miller was sexually abused by an extended family member between the ages of five and 16.
"The reason I wanted to come out is because I know I have a following in the gym community and I wanted to raise awareness of (sexual abuse)," she said.
"It's not something that's talked about enough but it actually is so common.
"I just wanted people to know that it's okay to speak out and get the help and support they need."
Ms Miller said she had regular contact with her abuser.
The 23-year-old broke her silence on White Balloon Day on September 11 and is now an ambassador for child protection organisation Bravehearts.
Ms Miller's attacker was jailed in May this year.
"When I was growing up it was just how my life was," she said.
"When the whole court process came to a head, that's when I actually, for the first time, had to deal with everything that had happened.
"The beginning of this year was actually the hardest six months of my life."
The Moranbah gymnast said she used gym "as an escape" to the abuse.
"Gym was my saviour, to be honest. I don't know what I would have done if I wasn't in the gym," Ms Miller said.
Since opening up about the issue, Ms Miller said quite a few people had told her their own stories.
"The first thing I tell them is that I believe them and I always ask if they're getting the help they need," she said.
"If they're not I re-direct them onto Bravehearts, because you can't do it on your own."
Ms Miller said breaking her initial silence did not "really happen" in the best way for her.
"The reason I actually broke my silence was because I was getting really depressed; people around me knew something was wrong. My mum and I, we were just fighting all the time, and she just thought I was being an annoying little teenager," she laughed.
"The first person I told was my sister... and then my sister told my mum."
Away from her terrible childhood experience, Ms Miller is leaving today for the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow.
The competition begins on October 23.
Ms Miller has not done much training this year but is still confident about her chances.
"I had the whole start of this year off because I was going through the court process. I only started training in July," she said.
"It has been a really short amount of training for the Worlds.
"It's tough for me but I'm an experienced gymnast, I'm the oldest girl on the team. Being older I don't need to train as much; I need to train smarter and that's what I've been doing."
These World Championships are part of the qualification for next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Glasgow will hold good memories for Ms Miller, who won a silver medal in the uneven bars there at the Commonwealth Games last year.
"If we finish in the top eight we secure a spot directly to Rio," Ms Miller said.
"If we finish in the top 16 we have to go to a test event in April next year and then we have to finish in the top four teams there (to qualify for the Olympics)."
To qualify as an individual for Rio, Ms Miller said it was tough - she has to podium in the World Championships.
Ms Miller said her goal was to do her best.
"I just want to get through the clean routines that I can," she said.
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