Speaking publicly about her experience is a step in her healing process, Conner said.
"I wanted to speak for the people who can't speak — to send a message that it's never too late to get help; it's never to late to speak out — and I want my daughters to be proud of me."
As is evident from the poem she chose to close her comments with last Tuesday, she also wanted to make it clear to her abuser that although he may have dominated her life on and off the court when she was younger, by breaking her silence, ultimately the victory match goes to Conner.
The poem, entitled "I Just Want Him To Know," is also the tentative title of a book she is writing about her experience.
I Just Want Him To Know
I have found help when I never had help before.
I have always been alone.
I don't have to be alone anymore.
I want him to know what he did to me.
He told me I could never tell.
But this year I told.
I have help now.
I can be free to be me.
I want him to know.
I want him to know I told my secret.
I just want him to know what he did to me.