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"Recipient of Sports Illustrated's Inspiration of the Year Award and one of Time's 100 Most Influential People (2018) "Who is going to tell these little girls that what was done to them matters? That they are seen and valued, that they are not alone and they are not unprotected?" Rachael Denhollander's voice was heard around the world when she spoke out to end the most shocking scandal in US gymnastics history. The first victim to publicly accuse Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who abused hundreds of young athletes, Rachael now reveals her full story for the first time. How did Nassar get away with it for so long? How did Rachael 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? What Is a Girl Worth? 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's right in the moments that matter most"--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:What Is a Girl Worth?: My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics
Kirjailijat:Rachael Denhollander (Tekijä)
Info:Tyndale House Publishers (2019), 352 pages
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I have to admit that I didn't pay any attention to the Nassar story at the time except to be glad that another sexual predator had been caught and to slightly wonder how a doctor would go about sexually abusing patients. The most important thing about Rachael Denhollander, and what almost stopped me from reading the book, is that she is very, very, very christian. You know, the homeschooled, small church kind of christian, and she pretty much shills for her religion throughout the book. But, in spite of her religion, or she would say because of it, her parents managed to raise a highly ambitious, intellectually, and physically accomplished woman who is determined to stand up for her rights and the rights of others. As a twelve-year-old, she started training in gymnastics only after her mother cautioned her that the sport can be damaging to young girls - pushing them beyond their endurance and promoting an unhealthy body image. She trained obsessively, as she does everything obsessively, and she injured herself in several ways, particularly her back and wrists. After going to doctors who didn't listen to her (that's a particular emphasis in the book - professionals who do and do not listen to the public) she found she could go to the famous Dr. Larry Nassar (whom she determinedly calls Larry throughout the book, you have to love that). He listened to her, he paid attention to her specific injuries, and gave her hope that he could treat them. He also, from the very first visit and with her mother right there in the room, slid his thumb and fingers inside her vagina while doing a pelvic adjustment. She and her mother had discussed the fact that some doctors do internal pelvic adjustments, but her mother thought that if it was determined that Rachel needed such treatment, they'd go to a female therapist. He never told them he was doing such a treatment, he never asked for consent, and he never wore gloves. This apparently is what he did to all his young, never been touched gymnasts and he was such an excellent doctor, with such a good reputation, that he got away with it for decades. Finally, years later when Rachel had become a lawyer she read a news story about girl-women gymnasts who were exposing the abuse they had suffered at the hands of coaches, and she emailed the man writing the articles to tell him that the famous doctor had sexually abused her and that she was willing to cooperate in any way, including the use of her name, to stop him. The rest of the book, much like Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller, describes the excruciating process of bringing a rapist to justice. I bought this book for my evangelical sister because I know she will appreciate the strong emphasis on religion, and I hope she'll accept Denhollander's statement that we have to root out rape culture wherever it is found: in sports, politics, or churches - even when exhibited by people we know and respect. It was pertinent that the slimy long-term after-effects of this doctor were highlighted in Simone Biles' breakdown at the Tokyo Olympics and also in recent articles that he is spending thousands of dollars on himself in prison while he sends about $3 a month to the mandated victim fund. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Jul 29, 2021 |
Rachael Denhollander demonstrates why sexual abuse is underreported through her own experience in the face of a predator. It only takes a single violation of trust to begin living a life of fear. A reaction to abuse that is not commonly understood is freezing like a deer in the headlights. Danger is approaching but there is shock of what to do. Denhollander's account adds to this perspective factored with power imbalance. Nassar got away with many girls for many years due to his trusted medical expertise and personable charm. However brave people including Denhollander started to fight back creating a domino effect against him.

This read was chilling with how normal her life was. Denhollander was your girl next door with a Christian loving family and later in life having an amazingly supportive spouse. As she points out, this comes from a place of privilege where she took the opportunity to defend other victims. She does this by exposing the ripple effects of her sexual assault in courtrooms and media. American culture is shifting its approach towards sexual abuse in a positive way but it still has a long way to go. This book is a contribution that will help shift cultural awareness on this topic. ( )
  Anamie | Dec 9, 2019 |
This book! The truth is excruciating. But Rachael's voice is strong and brave and I respect her so much for what she endured and is now speaking out against and what she is working to stop. This book is not an easy read, but she has written it well and it is a book that coaches, teachers, athletes, and parents should read. Oh wait - everyone should it. I can't shove this book out into public more or vocalize how important this message is. I received an advanced copy from the publisher and these are my honest thoughts. Now that Rachael has voiced the truth - she won't and can't stop. Support her- hee message, read this book and continue her message by choosing to be a voice! ( )
  HayleyMRS | Sep 18, 2019 |
The world has been transfixed on Rachael Denhollander since she stepped forward in the courtroom and shared her bravery by confronting her abuser, former MSU physician Larry Nassar.

While this memoir is difficult, Denhollander leaves the reader with hope and the knowledge that when we know what's right, we must stand up against that which is wrong. Her story is so much more than the sum of its parts, and "What Is A Girl Worth?" deftly weaves the history of Rachael's early life and passion for gymnastics, her abuse while seeking treatment from Nassar for back and wrist injuries and the long term effects the abuse had on her.

This is not an easy book to read, but it is one that uncovers a long list of injustices that continued (some of which continue even today) to occur within the gymnastics community, even after Nassar was reported multiple times, over multiple years, by multiple victims. Instead of continuing to stay hidden, once Denhollander found out there were additional victims of Nassar, she chose to stand and fight against the system to give them all a voice. She became the public face of the victims, even at a great cost to her personally.

Denhollander's personal recollections of how she dealt with the abuse perpetrated against her and the realization that she had to become the voice and the face for many who might never receive justice--unless she spoke out-- is heartbreaking, but empowering at the same time. She stood in a spotlight that no one wanted to be in, faced her abuser in court and assured other victims had a chance to share their stories, and for that, she deserves the admiration of any woman who has experienced sexual violence. Even those who have been fortunate enough not to experience abuse should read "What Is A Girl Worth?" to educate themselves and be encouraged to be the voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves.

The relationship between Denhollander and her husband, Jacob, is one that models the patient love spoken of in Scripture and reminds the reader that those who love us best are willing to walk alongside us, no matter the cost. Survivors of sexual assault or abuse often struggle with close relationships, yet Jacob and Rachael have chosen to walk together, raise a family and fight together whatever dragons they may face. It is a wonderful reminder that even in the midst of great struggle, there are diamonds strewn along the path.

Denhollander discusses the worth of a woman throughout the book and reminds the reader that sexual violence seeks to demean and degrade at the most base of levels. However, being strong sometimes means we stand when we may not feel powerful, knowing that our sacrifice means someone else may live freely and without shame.

Although there could be triggers for those who have experienced sexual assault or sexual violence, "What Is A Girl Worth?" is a book that needs to be read. Prepare your heart, educate yourself on the facts and share this book with someone in your life who could use its message. I know my heart was touched, yet the book reminded me how far we've got to go to make sure survivors are believed, supported and receive justice. Odds are, you will also be angry at the handling of this situation, but I pray that anger spurs readers on to action. Volunteer, advocate and educate. Don't let this issue continue to be one that leaves broken souls in its wake.

The book is also a rally cry for churches to support survivors fairly and completely, but sadly, also highlights the failures within the body of Christ to properly do so. Losing her church home in the midst of the fallout from the exposure of the abuse at Nassar's hands was an insult to injury, and her perspective shares with those in the faith community how important it is to listen and appropriately respond to survivors needs, not push them away or shame them.

I read an early copy to review, thanks to Tyndale House Publishers. All opinions are my own and I chose to review. ( )
  EmilyPotter | Sep 10, 2019 |
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"Recipient of Sports Illustrated's Inspiration of the Year Award and one of Time's 100 Most Influential People (2018) "Who is going to tell these little girls that what was done to them matters? That they are seen and valued, that they are not alone and they are not unprotected?" Rachael Denhollander's voice was heard around the world when she spoke out to end the most shocking scandal in US gymnastics history. The first victim to publicly accuse Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who abused hundreds of young athletes, Rachael now reveals her full story for the first time. How did Nassar get away with it for so long? How did Rachael 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? What Is a Girl Worth? 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's right in the moments that matter most"--

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