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Rachael Denhollander’s Memoir Is A Powerful Statement On Sexual Abuse

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13.09.2019

Whether you were paying attention or not, you saw her stoic expression on television screens nationwide last year. Rachael Denhollander’s powerful, sobering testimony against former USA Gymnastics doctor and convicted sex offender Larry Nassar disrupted the nation in a way no nationally televised court case has before.

It wasn’t just the revolting realization that Nassar had been sexually abusing young girls for decades. It wasn’t even the mind-boggling number of them—at least 250—that ultimately gripped the national psyche. What finally sliced through the media noise was Rachael, a then 31-year-old mother of three, who launched a precise, determined strategy to take Nassar down for good.

In the end, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina called her “the bravest person I have ever had in my courtroom,” just before issuing Nassar the harshest sentence available for multiple charges of child pornography and sexual assault of minors.

Rachael tells her story in her new book, What Is a Girl Worth?: My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics. The title is a line taken from her iconic testimony against Nassar, in which she recounted the numerous people in power who were aware of Nassar’s abuse and covered it up. The book details Rachel’s personal history, intimate details about her abuse, and the calculated strategy she deployed to ensure Nassar was imprisoned and justice was served.

Just 15 years old when she was referred to Nassar for a gymnastic injury, Denhollander thought her treatment seemed odd, but Nassar was an internationally known and respected doctor. He was even on video rushing........

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