Written by Rachael Denhollander, 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 US gymnastics scandal in history. The first victim to publicly accuse Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who sexually 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. In this crucial cultural moment of #metoo and #churchtoo, 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.
Published by Tyndale, this inspirational, empowering book is available in both hardcover and e-book editions.
In this powerful debut, attorney and former gymnast Denhollander tells of her life leading to the 2018 conviction of sexual predator Larry Nassar, a sports physician associated with Michigan State University and the USA Gymnastics team who molested the author and more than 200 other girls. Raised in Kalamazoo, Mich., Denhollander was homeschooled, deeply religious, and aspired to become a lawyer. "Gangly" and 5'6," she didn't fit the profile of a gymnast but was placed on her gym's competitive team; after sustaining a lower-back injury at age 15, she was sent to Nassar, who would under the guise of treatment, without gloves, and without consent vaginally penetrate her with his fingers. She reported the abuse to her coaches, but, she writes, they didn't believe her; nearly 16 years later when another gymnast's story of abuse by a coach broke, Denhollander decided to speak out again, eventually leading to Nassar's indictment and conviction. Denhollander reveals her anguish and emotional pain, her feelings of helplessness ("How do I even try to heal from something, when I don't even know what that something' is?"). Denhollander's brave and detailed memoir serves as a clear-eyed look into a disturbing case of sexual abuse that gained national attention.