Invite Rachael Denhollander to Speak at Liberty U. Convocation
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There were many survivors of abuse by Larry Nassar, disgraced ex-doctor for the USA Gymnastics team, but Rachael Denhollander was the first to come forward--and the last to demand justice at his penultimate trial, where he was sentenced to 175 years in prison.
Denhollander is also a vocal believer in Jesus Christ. Her faith has been the subject of multiple news articles, and she also published an op-ed in the New York Times, where she described being the first to go public with accusations of sexual assault: "I lost my church. I lost my closest friends as a result of advocating for survivors who had been victimized by similar institutional failures in my own community. I lost every shred of privacy."
Recently, Liberty University convocation has been actively promoting the complex interlinking of justice, forgiveness, and (where possible) redemption. Speakers such as Hugh and Jill Freeze have bravely shared their personal struggles with both facing the consequences of sin and encountering the scandalous grace of God.
Rachael Denhollander is uniquely capable of shining a spotlight on these issues. At the trial, she forgave Larry Nassar and assured him that complete forgiveness was available, should he ever repent. She also demanded that he be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law, noted the damage his remorseless abuse had wrought, and cited Jesus' words about those who abuse children deserving severe punishment (namely, a millstone tied around their necks as they drown.)
In light of Denhollander's unabashed faith, bold support of sexual abuse survivors, and courageous willingness to be the first to speak out against Nassar, I believe she would be an excellent speaker at Liberty University convocation. I, for one, would love to hear her share what she has learned about faith, forgiveness, and the fight for Christlike justice in a fallen world, especially for women and girls.
If you are a current student, alumni, or friend/family member of a student/alumni at Liberty University--and you would believe Rachael Denhollander would be a fantastic speaker for the student body--please sign this petition and encourage Liberty's Office of Spiritual Development to invite Denhollander.
As a current LU student, I truly hope LU takes this potential opportunity under consideration.
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