Kentucky Senate honors Rachael Denhollander for standing up against sexual abuse

02/23/2018 08:55 AM

FRANKFORT- The Kentucky State Senate honored the woman who filed the first police complaint against former Michigan and Olympics sports physician Dr. Larry Nasser.

Rachael Denhollander, a former gymnast who moved to Louisville in 2016 with her husband and three children, told the Indianapolis Star back in 2014 that she was abused by Nasser when she was 15 which triggered an avalanche of similar claims by women throughout the country.

The 54-year-old Nasser was sentenced last month in Michigan up to 175 years in prison for his crimes. Nasser was also sentenced to 60 years in federal prison after being convicted of three child pornography charges.

On Thursday, Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, presented a resolution honoring Denhollander for being the first to stand up and speak out against Nasser.

“At the end of the day, it took the courage and the bravery of one woman, one woman willing to stand up and speak out,” McGarvey said. “The courage, the bravery, the amazing service she’s done, not just for the women of USA Gymnastics, but for women everywhere is why we honor her today.”

Denhollander was the last of more than 150 victims to testify against Nasser at his sentencing.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at


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