Very rarely do we find news pieces today that are actually newsworthy, but on Wednesday, January 24th, the conviction of a former gymnast’s doctor, Larry Nassar, struck the world. He was convicted of several counts of sexual abuse and was sentenced to life in prison.
This all-too-common story of sexual abuse struck me for several reasons. The remarkable damage and evil should never be underestimated or shirked as it is too often done. Too many of us are so saturated with the news that episodes like this cause little consternation or calls for justice. What was even more remarkable was the courageous woman who led the charge, Rachael Denhollander. Rachael was the first woman to publicly accuse Larry Nassar of sexual abuse.
There is much that could be said of the courage of this woman in the face of her abuser as she spoke before the court. Her testimony of the cost of sexual abuse would be more than worthy enough of our attention, but she did not end there. She spoke of her faith and how God could not only help a victim like her but even forgive an evil man like her abuser.
Please take the time this week to listen to this moving testimony. We need to listen to those around us and understand the precious dignity of every little girl (and boy). We need to recover a sense of urgency concerning those around us and how we can protect the young and vulnerable. That is the kind of justice that God really cares about.
We need to learn from this brave woman’s actions and words, her fight for justice and her love for the gospel. May the Lord work through this woman’s courage. Listen to Rachael Denhollander testimony below.
You can read the full transcript here.
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