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Rachael Denhollander named one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People

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Posted at 2:13 PM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-19 14:13:59-04

Rachael Denhollander was included in TIME Magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People. 

Denhollander is known as the first woman to publicly speak out against the sexual abuse by former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

U.S. Olympian Aly Raisman, who also accused Nassar of abuse, wrote Denhollander's tribute.

“How much is a little girl worth?” That’s the simple yet powerful question Rachael Denhollander posed to a packed Michigan courtroom in January. Rachael, like so many of us, was a victim of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics and Olympic team doctor, and she was the first to draw public attention to his sexual abuse. But through her strength and resolve, she is a survivor. None of us could have anticipated or prepared for the onslaught of emotions we’d experience just by being in that courtroom. It was overwhelming. And yet Rachael was there for each court session of that sentencing, each impact statement and each fellow survivor. This show of courage and conviction inspired many people to feel less like victims and more like survivors. We still have a long way to go before we achieve all the change that is so desperately needed, and I am grateful to be fighting alongside Rachael, my sister survivor!"

Denhollander was featured in the list as an icon alongside #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, activist Janet Mock and more. View the full list here.