Rachael Denhollander: ‘When you speak out against your own community, you lose everything’

Three years after blowing the whistle on serial child molester Larry Nassar, the former gymnast turned attorney is continuing to lead the fight both in and beyond the world of sportsIn 2016, former gymnast Rachael Denhollander filed a report with the Michigan State University police department and a Title IX complaint with the school. She alleged that Dr Larry Nassar had sexually assaulted her more than a decade earlier when she’d been his patient – and in doing so, Denhollander became the first of more than 265 women to come forward alleging abuse by Nassar.Nassar will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted on charges of child pornography, sexual assault and sexual assault of minors. During a January 2018 sentencing, dozens of his victims gave impact statements in court in Michigan, facing their accuser with an array of emotions. Denollander was one of them, asking simply: “How much is a little girl worth?” Continue reading…