First Woman to Accuse Larry Nassar Reveals How He Hid Abuse From Her Mother
Rachael Denhollander was just 15 when she was abused by Larry Nassar.
In the book, titled "What Is a Girl Worth?: My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics," Denhollander speaks candidly about how Nassar deftly hid his abuse of her from her own mother, who was in the room with Denhollander while the doctor examined her.
"He would block her view so she couldn't see what I was doing — of course, I didn't realize that," Denhollander, who was just 15 when Nassar abused her, told "CBS This Morning."
Speaking to Inside Edition, Dehollander, a mother herself, recalled watching girl after girl, woman after woman, testify against Nassar at one of his trials, 156 in total. She was the very last.
At night, she said, she tucked her own children into bed and wept. "It was the most heartbreaking thing," she said emotionally.
But putting words to what she had kept silent for so long offered a sort of closure, something she said eludes the alleged victims of another high-profile sex offender: Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein died by suicide last month while awaiting trial for sex trafficking. Denhollander said his alleged victims were robbed of justice by his death.
While Nassar apologized to his victims at his sentencing, Denhollander doesn't think he experiences any remorse for his actions.
Asked if she believes his mea culpa, she replied, "Absolutely not."
Nassar is currently serving 175 years in prison.
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