What Is a Girl Worth?

My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth About Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics
Narrated by: Rachael Denhollander
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (289 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 scandal in US gymnastics history. The first victim to publicly accuse Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who 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. 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.

©2019 Rachael Denhollander (P)2019 Recorded Books

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She knows what is the right thing to do

Thank you for saying all the words so many need to hear. And for understanding the intricacies of being a victim, the injustice of our justice system and how organizations chose to do that which is not right , but for the good of the organization. Evil will end when good people do what is right and not easy. Thank you for being you! Beth Jukuri

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Unflinching story reminding us to never be silent

Denhollander powerfully narrates her own story of how her abuser was brought to justice. Rachel vividly portrays her role but she gives credit to all the others involved who had to fight so hard against the legal system and trusted institutions in order to take down this man who had abused dozens. She also explores the culture of silence and self-interest which allowed him and others abusers to flourish for years without being stopped. Rachel's story demonstrates that Ignorance is not an option. Too many young lives are at stake.

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Incredibly timely and important. This is a must read/listen.

This had to be a hard book to write. For all her struggles of bringing darkness to light, I’m grateful she could get this message out. This should change your perspective towards abuse, how to help survivors, and also what traps to look for in cases where the truth is trying to be suppressed. This is a story you wish didn’t have to be told and I’m truly sorry to everyone who was abused. Their pain and struggles are something we can easily ignore, and even worse, dismiss. However, their true strength shined and we thank them for that. May justice flow like a river.

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Raw and Powerful

This well narrated story of abuse, cover up and choices to stand on the truth is a compelling story for all to be challenged by. As a Pastoral Counselor this story gripped my heart because it is the untold story of hundreds of thousands of young girls and women both in history and today. The compelling question "What is a little girl worth" is a call for all of humanity to rise up and to protect the innocent in our world.

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This book is absolutely life changing

Denhollander writing of her story was incredibly inspiring. This personal story gives others the words needed to help process what has happened to them. It also fully describes some aspects of the law which is enlightening for those unfamiliar. Denhollander's reading of her story is extremely helpful emotionally for anyone who has been through similar things that she has experienced because she is so genuine, truthful, ethical and strong. Everything that woman and girls need to hear to heal and educate our children going forward.

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POWERFUL story POWERFULLY told!!!

This is such a moving testimony set within a grander story of the necessity of bringing justice and reform to the world of sexual abuse. Rachael’s command of language and storytelling brings a beautiful personal touch. What an amazingly strong woman of God! We need more women and men standing for truth and justice as she and her sister survivors did in taking down their abuser!!!

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A Vital Listen for ALL.

I knew this would be a difficult listen when I cried during the PROLOGUE! As a Michigander with a daughter in gymnastics, I felt personally the weight and implications of everything mentioned in this book. I cried throughout the entire book. Thank you, Rachael. Thank you, Lt. Andrea. Thank you, Angela. Thank you, Judge Aquilina. Thank you to those who BELIEVED and TOOK ACTION.

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Compelling and heart-rending

A heart-rending and compelling story of courage and compassion. This is a must-read book.

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Powerful

Such a powerful book. Whether you’re a survivor, know a survivor or are an ally, this book is an amazing testament to what we can all do to help those who have been in these situations and help to prevent another large abuse situation like this!

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Raw, real, right.

Denhollander has not only provided her story, as a hope lifesaver thrown to victims sinking inside their own abuse trauma, but she has flayed open the realities of institutional and personal self-deception & self-preservation that feed predator enablement.

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  • 09-18-19

An incredible story movingly told

I've been moved to tears again and again listening to Rachael Denhollander tell her heartbreaking story in "What is a Girl Worth?" After undergoing horrific abuse at the hands of someone deemed 'trustworthy' and 'the best', Rachael is tragically failed again and again by those who ought to have been there for her. In spite of this, her commitment to truth, justice & advocacy is breathtaking & incredible. She, and the army of fellow survivors, courageously stand against the world to pursue the justice they urgently deserve. Listening to Rachael read her words in her voice is heartbreaking, awe-inspiring and fitting given how her voice was silenced for so many years. Rachael asks us to imagine ourselves in the story; would we stand with the survivor and the voiceless, even when it's costly? This book will change your world, though you might have to cry in front of strangers if you choose to listen in public!

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  • Lizzie
  • 08-30-20

Brilliant!

Rachael writes so clearly about her experiences in bringing about justice. She is so brave and faithful and it’s amazing to hear her honest account of what she faced with all the real life going on behind it. I loved this book and will be recommending it whole heartedly to others! I have learnt so much from listening to her tell her story.

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  • vikki
  • 07-05-20

Very interesting

I found this book after watching Athlete A and The Price of Gold. It was really interesting to see all that went into bringing the case to trial, and to understand what the victims go through. Even on the interviews of the survivors there’s a mixture of comments varying from ‘why didn’t they say something sooner’ or ‘pelvic floor therapy is legit’. This answers all those questions. It goes without saying it discusses the impact on people’s whole lives after suffering abuse. Rachael read it herself, her voice is calm and soft

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-17-20

A must read

Shocking, bone chilling, heartbreaking, inspiring, Rachael Denhollander's account of taking down pedophile doctor Larry Nassar is definitely a wake up call.