THIS IS EPISODE 386 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
Rachael Denhollander’s voice was heard around the world when she spoke out to end the most shocking scandal in USA Gymnastics history. She was the first victim to publicly accuse Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who abused hundreds of young athletes, and Denhollander now reveals her full story for the first time. How did Nassar get away with it for so long? How did Denhollander and the other survivors finally stop him and bring him to justice? And how can we protect the vulnerable in our own families, churches and communities?
In September 2019, Denhollander released her book, “What Is a Girl Worth?” It is the inspiring true story of Rachael’s journey from an idealistic young gymnast to a strong and determined woman who found the courage to raise her voice against evil, even when she thought the world might not listen. This deeply personal and compelling narrative shines a spotlight on the physical and emotional impact of abuse, why so many survivors are reluctant to speak out, what it means to be believed, the extraordinary power of faith and forgiveness, and how we can learn to do what is right in the moments that matter most.
On this episode of the podcast, we hear Denhollander share about the power of forgiveness, why she came forward when she did, dealing with the aftermath of going public, and the advice she has for others in supporting sexual abuse survivors.
One of the most stunning moments that I wrote about in the memoir – reading the Indystar article with my testimony, and seeing that Larry had been reported more than a year earlier. I called Dt. Munford immediately. "It's not lining up." she said. Finally, it's being investigated https://t.co/tJKF5Yow1u pic.twitter.com/m0sH2bBiuq
— Rachael Denhollander (@R_Denhollander) September 14, 2019
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