Think of how many girls she has protected, for how many survivors she made justice possible, and the price she paid to do it. This woman is a national hero. Listen to her.
Nothing could have prepared me for the pain of telling the truth about Larry Nassar. I lost my church. I lost my closest friends. I lost every shred of privacy.
An absolute honor to work with Rachael Denhollander on this piece. Thanks also to the great .
“To choose to find and speak the truth, no matter what it cost.” What a profile in courage Rachael Denhollander is. She undoubtedly saved scores of potential future victims and calls us all to do more in this unwavering piece.
Why don’t women come forward about sexual assault & harassment? Look what happened to Rachael Denhollander, first to accuse Nassar. TW: Descriptions of sexual assault
Rachael Denhollander, the woman who took down Larry Nassar: "I lost my church. I lost my closest friends as a result of advocating for survivors who had been victimized by similar institutional failures in my own community. I lost every shred of privacy."
“The Price I Paid for Taking On Larry Nassar” by Rachael Denhollander
Look at the price women pay for exposing their sexual predators: “I lost my church. I lost my closest friends as a result of advocating for survivors who’d been victimized by similar institutional failures in my own community.I lost every shred of privacy”
Rachael's op-ed for the NY Times is up. Read it here
Far too often, our commitment to our political party, our religious group, a sport, a college, or a prominent person causes us to disbelieve victims. We need to put innocent lives ahead of reputation or popularity, writes Rachael Denhollander.
In her own words, Rachael Denhollander on the price she paid for being the first to speak publicly about Larry Nassar: "I lost my church. I lost my closest friends... I lost every shred of privacy."
The former gymnast Rachael DenHollander in : The Price I Paid for Taking On Larry Nassar
"at least 14 coaches, trainers, psychologists or colleagues had been warned of his abuse."
Without Rachael Denhollander, there would have been no case against Larry Nassar. This is the price she paid for raising an army
The Price I Paid for Taking On Larry Nassar, via
Rachael Denhollander: The Price I Paid for Taking on Larry Nassar
Rachel Denhollander took on the impossible and beat the system. And this culture of complicity is a system. “The first step toward changing the culture that led to this atrocity is to hold enablers of abuse accountable.” Price I Paid for Taking On Nasser
"In many ways, the sexual assault scandal that was 30 years in the making was only a symptom of a much deeper cultural problem — the unwillingness to speak the truth against one’s own community."
"Absolutely nothing could have prepared me for the pain of being the first to go public with my accusations in The Indianapolis Star."
"Yet all of it served as a reminder: These were the very cultural dynamics that had allowed Larry Nassar to remain in power."
Read it conjunction with this piece, by a victim who is as affecting in print as she was in court
Rachael Denhollander: The Price I Paid for Taking On Larry Nassar - The New York Times
"More than 200 women have now alleged abuse by Larry Nassar. Even more staggering than that number is the revelation that at least 14 coaches, trainers, psychologists or colleagues had been warned of his abuse."
"Far too often, our commitment to our political party, our religious group, our sport, our college or a prominent member of our community causes us to choose to disbelieve or to turn away from the victim."
“I lost my church. I lost my closest friends as a result of advocating for survivors who had been victimized by similar institutional failures in my own community. I lost every shred of privacy.”