Rachael Denhollander: ‘Predators know where they’re going to be safe’

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The former gymnast who broke her silence to lead the takedown of Larry Nassar insists the fight against sexual abuse has only just begun

Six months have passed since Rachael Denhollander, the former gymnast who became the first woman to publicly accuse Larry Nassar of sexual abuse, stood in a Michigan courtroom to deliver her victim impact statement. The 33-year-old attorney, whose decision to end her silence ultimately broke open the worst sexual abuse case in US sports history, was the last of the 156 girls and women to speak during the disgraced physician’s marathon seven-day sentencing hearing.

“How much is a little girl worth?” she asked the court in remarks that would be broadcast across the world in the hours and days to come. “How much priority should be placed on communicating that the fullest weight of the law will be used to protect another innocent child from the soul-shattering devastation that sexual assault brings? I submit to you that these children are worth everything. Worth every protection the law can offer. Worth the maximum sentence.”

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Written by Bryan Armen Graham
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Rachael Denhollander: ‘Predators know where they’re going to be safe’

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