Olympian Kellie Wells has spent her life overcoming hurdles -- in both literal and heartbreakingly figurative ways.

After taking home the bronze in Women's 100m Hurdles on Tuesday, the runner, who was raped by her stepfather as a child, has pledged to use her success to help sex abuse victims, ESPN reports.

"I know my story is very common to a lot of people, and it's swept under the rug a lot," Wells told The Telegraph. "If I can help at least one person and show you don't have to be a product of your environment, you don't have to keep secrets, and you don't have to hide, that would be amazing."

Wells first shared her story after a torn hamstring prevented her from participating in the Beijing Games.

She detailed her childhood in a blog post -- explaining that her stepfather perpetually abused her in her own home -- and Wells ultimately revealed in an interview that, when she was 16-years-old, the abuse escalated to rape.

"It took a lot of courage," she recalls. "I knew it would have a big impact but I just thought of the 'little me.' There are a lot of 'little mes' that look up to me now."

Wells had long utilized track as an escape. She explains in an interview with NBC that long practices were a refuge from what awaited at home. After her mother proved unreceptive to her plea for help, Wells packed up and left -- only to hear one month later that both her mother and her rapist had been killed in a car accident.

But Wells persevered.

The hurdler's determination led her to Hampton University, National Championships, and, ultimate Olympic glory. It is now her hope, she explains, to devote her strength to empowering others.

"If I could save one person's life, help them get out of a terrible situation, to save themselves or to save their children, then my whole life, my whole career, is very much worth while," she said.

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  • Australia's Sally Pearson, front left, crosses the finish line ahead of United States' Dawn Harper, right, to win gold in the women's 100-meter hurdles final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Australia's Sally Pearson, left, is embraced by bronze medallist Kellie Wells of the United States after she won gold in the women's 100-meter hurdles final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

  • Australia's Sally Pearson reacts as she crosses the finish line to win gold in the women's 100-meter hurdles final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

  • Australia's Sally Pearson, left, crosses the finish line to win gold ahead of United States' Dawn Harper, right, United States' Kellie Wells, second from right, Canada's Jessica Zelinka, second from left, and Turkey's Nevin Yanit in the women's 100-meter hurdles finalduring the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

  • Australia's Sally Pearson crosses the finish line for a gold medal win in the women's 100-meter hurdles final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)

  • Australia's Sally Pearson crosses the finish line for a gold medal win in the women's 100-meter hurdles final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)

  • Australia's Sally Pearson, left, crosses the finish line to win gold ahead of United States' Dawn Harper, right, United States' Kellie Wells, second from right, Canada's Jessica Zelinka, second from left, and Turkey's Nevin Yanit in the women's 100-meter hurdles finalduring the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

  • Australia's Sally Pearson heads for a gold medal in the finals of the women's 100-meter hurdles during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Australia's Sally Pearson edges out USA's Dawn Harperto win the gold medal in the finals of the women's 100-meter hurdles during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Australia's Sally Pearson jumps in a women's 100-meter hurdles semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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  • United States' Dawn Harper, left, reacts as she crosses the finish line ahead of Jamaica's Shermaine Williams in a women's 100-meter hurdles semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • United States' Dawn Harper reacts as she crosses the finish line in a women's 100-meter hurdles semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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  • Australia's Sally Pearson leads her heat in the women's 100-meter hurdle semifinals during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Australia's Sally Pearson leads in the women's 100-meter hurdles final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Jamaica's Brigitte Foster-Hylton is consoled by Australia's Sally Pearson after competing in a women's 100-meter hurdles heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012.(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

  • Australia's Sally Pearson leads in a women's 100-meter hurdles heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Australia's Sally Pearson competes in a women's 100-meter hurdles heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Australia's Sally Pearson competes in a women's 100-meter hurdles heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)