Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar made national headlines late last year after he was accused of sexually abusing more than 140 women. The disturbed ex-doctor groomed women who trusted him as a medical professional, throughout his entire medical career, and unashamedly took advantage of their trust.
After years and years of young women being forced to deal with Nassar’s “medical treatments,” more than 100 women banned together to take down their abuser. Nassar’s victims, which included several top gymnasts such as Olympic stars McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, came forward with their abuse story.
During the recent trial in relation to the countless acts of sexual abuse, Nassar went face-to-face with his victims in court. One by one, women approached the stand to testify against him.
The last victim to take the stand was Rachael Denhollander, the very first victim to speak out against Nassar. In her powerful testimony that eventually went viral, she emphasized on God’s word.
Although Denhollander is outraged that hundreds of women were silenced by MSU officials after reporting incidents of Nassar's sexual assault, she is choosing the path of grace and forgiveness.
“If you have read the Bible you carry," she said directly to Nassar, referencing the fact that he brought a Bible to several hearings. "You know the definition of sacrificial love portrayed is of God himself loving so sacrificially that he gave up everything to pay a penalty for the sin he did not commit. By his grace, I, too, choose to love this way.”
Denhollander continued, "The Bible you speak carries a final judgment where all of God's wrath and eternal terror is poured out on men like you. Should you ever reach the point of truly facing what you have done, the guilt will be crushing. And that is what makes the Gospel of Christ so sweet. Because it extends grace and hope and mercy where none should be found and it will be there for you.”
"I pray you experience the soul-crushing weight of guilt,” she stated. “So that you may someday experience true repentance and true forgiveness from God which you need far more than forgiveness from me, though I extend that to you as well.”
After the judge heard dozens and dozens of heart-wrenching testimonies, including Denhollander’s, that described Nassar’s abuse tactics in detail, she ultimately sentenced him to 40-175 years in prison. This sentencing is in addition to the 60 years he previously received for child pornography charges.
Watch Rachael Denhollander’s powerful testimony below. WARNING: The video does contain graphic content.
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