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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
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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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  • MJ
  • 10-18-19

Thank you, Rachael

When I left 5 star reviews it popped up "I Love It!"....I didn't love this book. I was broken listening to this book. I was heartbroken of not only what these girls endured but what Rachael and her husband lacked in support from their home church. It appalled me. EVERY SINGLE PERSON should read this BUT if you claim to be a Christ-Follower, a Christian...it's a must. WE have to do better in supporting the survivors and family of sexual assault victims. We have to do better.
Rachael, thank you for being brave and telling your story and fighting for the girls.

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Amazing story of courage

Be prepared with tissues as you hear Rachel tell her own story of abuse, survival and battle against Larry Nassar.

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A Must Read

Read this to learn the whole story behind the headlines and to be emboldened to stand up for victims/survivors, no matter what the cost.

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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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EVERY HUMAN ON EARTH NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK!!

Male and female young and old alike need to read this book!! I have no words. Just thank you Rachael!!! My life is changed because of your courage and bravery penned on these pages.

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Rachel Denhollander - You got everything right.

Thank you for sharing your story. I can only
Imagine the number of times you've had to relive these horrific details. I know it doesn't get easier the more you talk about it, but it is so IMPORTANT. YOU ARE SO IMPORTANT. As the mother of an 8-year old competitive gymnast, I have devoured everything I can in this 30-year saga, This book is the closest thing to honesty I've read in too many years. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your strength. Thank you for your promise and bravery. Thank you for realizing the importance of this story, and for telling it right. I am beyond moved and hope so much this reaches more than gym parents. You are a light worth shining. Thank you so very much.

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Wow! Just, wow!

This has been a very intriguing and eye-opening read for me. I recommend this book for anyone who leads women, has a daughter, or even a wife, and especially for women who have undergone abuse. The author is very articulate, passionate, and engaging through her words.

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An absolute must read!

Rachael tells this story in a powerful way. She turns over stone after stone, telling how some members of law enforcement, coaches, USAG leadership, politicians, and others had opportunities to stop Nasser, but did not. She breaks down the institutional problems that perpetuated the abuse (and still do) and shows why it is all too often difficult for a victim to come forward and report their abuse. This needs to be read, and we need to stare in the face of this evil. We need to confront this terrible reality and change it! READ THIS BOOK!

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Courageous, Hard, Important

This book is heartbreaking and incredibly necessary thank you! All leaders especially Church leaders need to read this!

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  • JP Wright
  • 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!