The Courage of Forgiveness: Nassar sexual abuse survivor approaches court with grace, forgiveness

Rachael Denhollander, the first to speak out against USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University athletic doctor Larry Nassar in 2016, gave a powerful and faith-filled statement in the courtroom on January 24, 2018. She set herself apart from the other gymnasts who came forward to give their statements earlier in the trial by relying on her faith to speak not only of pain and justice, but of healing and forgiveness. She approached the deep wounds of sexual assault with the truth of the redeeming Gospel.

Denhollander explained, “that is what makes the gospel of Christ so sweet. Because it extends grace and hope and mercy where none should be found.” It took courage for Denhollander to be the first to speak out against Nassar, but her true courage was in her willingness and boldness to forgive.

This article from the Washington Post explains how Denhollander referred to, and depended on, her faith in the courtroom.