Rachael Denhollander

Is there any justice for survivors of abuse?


Rachael Denhollander is a lawyer, author, advocate, and educator who is recognised as a leading voice on the topic of sexual abuse.

She became known internationally in 2016 when she was the first woman to publicly accuse Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics (USAG) doctor, of sexual assault. Her advocacy and testimony inspired many other victims to step forward with their own accounts of abuse, and also proved crucial in uncovering decades of abuse and cover-up. A lawyer by training, she was praised for her bravery and the strategic approach she took to accusing Nassar, which allowed her to succeed where many women (including her 15-year-old self) had previously failed. Since Nassar’s conviction, she has spoken out against similar cover-ups in other public, government, and religious organisations. For her heroic efforts, she was chosen as the 2018 Glamour ‘Woman of the Year’, and was included in Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ of 2018.

For the first time since Nassar’s conviction, and the publication of her books - What is a Girl Worth?, How Much is a Little Girl Worth?, and How Much is a Little Boy Worth?, Denhollander travelled to the UK to speak publicly about her experience of fighting for justice where there previously was none.



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