‘I think we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg’: How a group of female gymnasts exposed decades of sexual abuse


Article published here: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/women/athlete-a-netflix-larry-nassar-sexual-abuse-usa-gymnastics-rachael-denhollander-maggie-nichols-a9575506.html

In 2018, former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was given two life sentences for sexual abuse. As Netflix launches documentary ‘Athlete A’, Sabrina Barr speaks to the first woman to publicly accuse Nassar about courage, healing and collective power

Maggie Nichols
Maggie Nichols ( Netflix/Athlete A )

The date is 4 August 2016. The Indianapolis Star, a daily newspaper, has published an article titled: “A blind eye to sex abuse: How USA Gymnastics protected coaches over kids.” The article reveals in thorough detail how top executives at USA Gymnastics have – for years – brushed allegations of sexual abuse under the carpet by following an unlawful policy of not alerting the authorities unless an allegation is heard directly from a victim or their parent. The publication of the article would set off a chain of events that would result in the unravelling of a sexual abuse scandal. Beginning with an email from Rachael Denhollander.

When 31-year-old Denhollander, a former teenage gymnast, came across the article, it affirmed everything she’d known since she was 15 years old, but never felt empowered to act upon. “I was right,” she thought, as she emailed the paper with the name of a doctor – Larry Nassar – who worked for USA gymnastics from 1996 to 2014 – and had sexually abused her.

As Denhollander sent her email, she wasn’t sure it would gain the attention she hoped for. “I really didn’t have any sense of whether or not it would be successful,” the lawyer tells me over the phone from her home in the US. “Really, I felt like it was a shot in the dark.” A month later, Denhollander’s story was in print, alongside another survivor, named only as Jane Doe.

But the pair were not alone; the Nassar story would become one of a collective voice – more than 500 women eventually came forward to publicly accuse him of abuse. A new Netflix documentaryAthlete A, depicts not only the sexual trauma, but also the culture of physical and emotional neglect that enabled Nassar to go unchecked. Throughout the one hour and 40 minute report, the filmmakers speak to several former gymnasts who shared their stories, the journalists who fought tooth and nail to reveal the truth and an attorney committed to achieving justice.

Rachael Denhollander delivers her impact statement in court directly to Larry Nassar (Netflix/Athlete A)

Directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, whose previous work includes a documentary on teenage sexual assault, Audrie and Daisy, decided to make Athlete A in 2017 after they were approached by Jennifer Sey, a former gymnast and author of Chalked Up, a book about the realities of elite gymnastics. As Cohen and Shenk embarked on creating the film, the world was months away from learning of the sexual abuse allegations against convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein.

“There certainly was a sense that we were making this film in the greater context of the inspiring work that had been going on in the #MeToo movement,” Shenk says. “We certainly recognised as documentary filmmakers that there was an incredible kind of cultural force occurring which is that when many women speak up together there’s kind of an undeniable power that helps to shift the balance of power away from the abusers and then gives the survivors a real voice in the conversation.”

I don’t think we have any idea how bad it is and I don’t think we ever will

The film features interviews with several former gymnasts, including Sey, Olympian Jamie Dantzscher and Maggie Nichols, who was omitted from the 2016 US Olympic gymnastics team shortly after reporting the abuse she experienced at the hands of Nassar to USA Gymnastics. The documentary is named after Nichols, who was referred to as “Athlete A” by USA Gymnastics after submitting her report. Although sexual abuse survivors are often given anonymity by law, Cohen says she believes the title was a result of the organisation trying to make whistleblowers anonymous, and therefore unheard.

Maggie Nichols (Netflix/Athlete A)

“We just thought it was so interesting, so symbolic,” Cohen says. “It says so much about USA Gymnastics that when Maggie Nichols and then subsequently Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney came forward…instead of writing into the files with their names they wrote Athletes A, B and C. This spoke volumes to how they have treated girls for decades. The title spoke to so much more than just Maggie Nichols, but in fact a movement of anonymity and lack of humanity that has plagued this institution.”

One of the most poignant moments of filming for Cohen was when the filmmakers sat down with Dantzscher, who won a bronze team Olympic medal at the 2000 Olympics. Despite the renown that came with being a world-class athlete, it is only now, having spoken out against Nassar, that Dantzscher feels “proud to be an Olympian”, as she is able to use her platform for good. “The interview process was quite therapeutic for her, in the sense that she was able to put pieces of the story together for the first time,” Cohen says.

Jamie Dantzscher (Netflix/Athlete A)

The same could not be said for Denhollander. As the first woman to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual abuse, and one who is legally trained, Denhollander is viewed by many as a leader of the movement. However, Denhollander says she would never wish for anyone else to ever be put in the position that she was in and the extent of the media scrutiny she was subject to.

“I feel differently speaking publicly than I think a lot of survivors do, and I think that’s because I had to do it for so long,” Denhollander says. “In a lot of ways, I felt like it was worse than the abuse itself, because you have an audience at that point. There’s no privacy left, there’s no dignity left, there’s no ability to protect yourself at all anymore.”

One voice couldn’t do this. One voice didn’t do all of this. It was everybody

Despite this, seeing a positive outcome has provided some comfort to Denhollander, who says there is “a lot of value and healing” in both hearing testimonies from other women in court, and in the “collective team effort” that it took to put Nassar behind bars. “It was all of us,” she says.

In July 2017, Nassar pled guilty to three federal charges of child pornography. Four months later, he pled guilty to charges of sexual assault. In January 2018 he was sentenced to prison for up to 175 years. A month later, he was sentenced to jail for an additional 40 to 125 years after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct with three children under the age of 16. During the sentencing hearing in January 2018, more than 150 women made impact statements in court.

The Indianapolis Star newspaper (Netflix/Athlete A)

Despite the vast numbers, Denhollander says there are likely many more women out there who have not shared their stories. “I think we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg,” she says. “I think there are thousands. Larry was abusing multiple children and women every day for at least 30 years. He abused children at the high school, at his home, at his clinical practice, in USA Gymnastics. I don’t think we have any idea how bad it is and I don’t think we ever will.”

Investigations into the way in which USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic Committee and the FBI handled are still being conducted by the US Department of Justice. Cohen and Shenk were refused interviews with representatives of USA Gymnastics.

Despite the premise of the documentary, the directors believe the film is ultimately hopeful, as it shows what can happen when people come together to create change. Denhollander agrees: “I think that’s important for people to realise,” she says. “One voice couldn’t do this. One voice didn’t do all of this. It was everybody.”

Athlete A will be available to watch on Netflix from Wednesday 24 June.

If you are in need of support for sexual abuse, you can contact Rape Crisis on 0808 802 9999. The helpline is open from 12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm every day.

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Poof Said, June 21, 2020


June 21, 2020 

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There is a concerted effort to bring together the scattered pieces toward finalizing the whole game plan. Then another fly in the ointment gets implanted and the game board changes again.

None of this has dampened the enthusiasm for watching this watershed event occur. Just hang with the watchers — gather your wits. Join with like-minded keepers of the flame and stay close to home.

The mess you see is just that — a mess of porridge put together to change the stakes. Don’t listen to fake news and play with those who don’t act like sheeple.

The stakes are high and they are playing for their very lives. Hang with Trump. He has the proof behind him to get the job done.

If people could just get that, you would all be further into the revelations to come.

Poof

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Benjamin Fulford 6-22-20… “War Drums Beat Around the World as U.S. Paralyzed by Infighting”


Posted on June 22, 2020 by kauilapele

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“The United States of America Corporation, now four months into its bankruptcy, is becoming increasingly dysfunctional and torn by infighting. This has left a power vacuum around the world and is raising the specter of multiple regional wars breaking out. Meanwhile, East-West negotiations to replace the U.S. corporation in D.C. with something more functional remain stalled as Asian representatives feign “health issues,” to avoid new talks.

“The biggest fallout of the U.S. disarray continues to be seen in the Middle East where a drawdown in U.S. forces is leading to a multi-pronged attempt to re-establish the Ottoman Empire. Turkey is now waging de facto wars of conquest (reconquest?) in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen.

“This grand plan can be seen unfolding on the ground. In Iraq, Turkey has responded immediately to the announced U.S. withdrawal by making a major incursion into Kurdistan. The endgame is to take over all of the Sunni parts of Iraq, Turkish sources say.

“Since France’s economy depends in large part on Libyan oil (paid for with FIAT Euros) a French warship tried to stop a Turkish vessel from supplying arms to its forces in Libya last week. The result was that Turkish warships threatened a French warship with a missile attack three times before the French withdrew. The fact that two supposed NATO allies nearly started as sea battle shows just how much the de facto U.S. absence is destabilizing the situation.”

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War Drums Beat Around the World as U.S. Paralyzed by Infighting
By Benjamin Fulford June 22, 2020

The United States of America Corporation, now four months into its bankruptcy, is becoming increasingly dysfunctional and torn by infighting. This has left a power vacuum around the world and is raising the specter of multiple regional wars breaking out. Meanwhile, East-West negotiations to replace the U.S. corporation in D.C. with something more functional remain stalled as Asian representatives feign “health issues,” to avoid new talks. This could result in a combined U.S., Indian, Japanese and Russian assault against China if left unattended for too long, warn members of the Black Sun military order.

The rising international tensions come as the U.S. government is now withdrawing or reducing its military presence in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Germany, and elsewhere. U.S. President Donald Trump is doing this due to a combination of failed campaigns, isolationism, and a lack of funds.

The biggest fallout of the U.S. disarray continues to be seen in the Middle East where a drawdown in U.S. forces is leading to a multi-pronged attempt to re-establish the Ottoman Empire. Turkey is now waging de facto wars of conquest (reconquest?) in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen.

https://news.antiwar.com/2020/06/19/iraqi-kurdistan-may-become-a-proxy-battle-for-uae-and-turkey/
https://dailytimes.com.pk/627354/france-wants-talks-over-aggressive-turkish-posture-in-libya/

Turkish military sources say a deal has been reached with Iran to split the Middle East. Iran will get the Shia parts of Iraq and Syria. However, Turkey is engaged in a proxy war against Iran in Yemen, with the real prize being control of the Saudi Oil fields in the mostly Shia provinces bordering Yemen. Turkey is thus now de facto seeking control of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, and Israel, sources say.

This grand plan can be seen unfolding on the ground. In Iraq, Turkey has responded immediately to the announced U.S. withdrawal by making a major incursion into Kurdistan. The endgame is to take over all of the Sunni parts of Iraq, Turkish sources say.

The Turks have also ousted warlord Khalifa Haftar from around the capital of Tripoli in Libya and are now targeting his home turf in Eastern Libya, where 70% of the nation’s oil reserves are located.

Since France’s economy depends in large part on Libyan oil (paid for with FIAT Euros) a French warship tried to stop a Turkish vessel from supplying arms to its forces in Libya last week. The result was that Turkish warships threatened a French warship with a missile attack three times before the French withdrew. The fact that two supposed NATO allies nearly started as sea battle shows just how much the de facto U.S. absence is destabilizing the situation. France asked for NATO help but it is not clear if NATO has an interest in helping that country continue its theft of Libyan oil.
https://dailytimes.com.pk/627354/france-wants-talks-over-aggressive-turkish-posture-in-libya/

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu wanted to send a delegation of military and security officials to Turkey but “as…

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Nearly 400 children rescued and 348 adults arrested in Canadian child pornography bust

Toronto Police Service Detective Constable Lisa Belanger (L) and Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins of the Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes Unit (R) announce hundreds of arrests in a global child exploitation investigation Project Spade on Nov. 14. at a press conference at Toronto Police Headquarters.

Toronto Police Service Detective Constable Lisa Belanger (L) and Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins of the Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes Unit (R) announce hundreds of arrests in a global child exploitation investigation Project Spade on Nov. 14. at a press conference at Toronto Police Headquarters.Toronto Police via EPANov. 15, 2013, 3:37 AM GMTBy Daniella Silva, NBC News

Nearly 400 children have been rescued and 348 adults arrested following an expansive and “extraordinary” international child pornography investigation, Canadian police announced Thursday.

The three-year project, named Project Spade, began when undercover officers with the Toronto Police Service Child Exploitation service made contact with a Toronto man allegedly sharing “very graphic images” of child sexual abuse in Oct. 2010, Toronto Police Service Chief William Blair said at a press conference on Thursday.  

Police said their investigation revealed an entire child movie production and distribution company in Toronto operating via the web site azovfilms.com.

The site was run by 42-year old Brian Way, according to police, and sold and distributed images of child exploitation to people across the world.

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David Wilcock 5/31: Cosmic Pep Talk and Global Peace Meditation


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New FBI document confirms the Trump campaign was investigated without justification


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Late last week the FBI document that started the Trump-Russia collusion fiasco was publicly released. It hasn’t received a lot of attention but it should, because not too long from now this document likely will be blown up and placed on an easel as Exhibit A in a federal courtroom.

The prosecutor, U.S. Attorney John Durham, will rightly point out that the document that spawned three years of political misery fails to articulate a single justifiable reason for starting the “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation.  

Those of us who have speculated there was insufficient cause for beginning the investigation could not have imagined the actual opening document was this feeble. It is as if it were written by someone who had no experience as an FBI agent.ADVERTISEMENT

Keep in mind the FBI cannot begin to investigate anyone, especially a U.S. citizen or entity, without first creating a document that lists the reasonably suspicious factors that would legally justify the investigation. That’s FBI 101, taught Day 1 at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va.

To the untrained eye, the FBI document that launched Crossfire Hurricane can be confusing, and it may be difficult to discern how it might be inadequate. To the trained eye, however, it is a train wreck. There are a number of reasons why it is so bad. Two main ones are offered below (if you would like to follow along, the document is here):

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POTUS: “I have a chance to break the Deep State.”


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Greg Nailed it and I cheered after this one! Enjoy your botox and aderal you phonies!


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Hydroxychloroquine Benefits Are Beyond Killing the Virus


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We Ask Him The Big Question! David Wilcock Speaks!


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