Abused: Surviving Sexual Assault and a Toxic Gymnastics Culture

Abused: Surviving Sexual Assault and a Toxic Gymnastics Culture

by Rachel Haines

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Overview

Two-year-old Rachel Haines didn’t know that she would be committing to twenty-one years of hard work, dedication, and perseverance as she jumped into the foam pit during her first “mommy and me” gymnastics class. She had no idea that one day she would become a two-time National Team Member, two-time National Champion, and a Division I college gymnast at the University of Minnesota. Nor could she have known that she had just signed herself up for serious injury, emotional distress, and continuous sexual assault by world-renowned trainer turned serial molester, Larry Nassar.

In Abused: Surviving Sexual Assault and a Toxic Gymnastics Culture, Rachel details her experiences as a competitive gymnast and the painful realities of being one of Nassar’s many victims. With honesty and candidness, Rachel shares how the sport she loved that gave her so much—friendships, accomplishments, a college education—is also tangled in a dangerously toxic culture that needs to be fixed. In a world that was setting her up for a lifetime of recovery, she tells how faith, family, and an army of survivors made healing possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538123850
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/12/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 373,073
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rachel Haines was a two-time member of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team, a two-time National Champion, and a Division I college gymnast at the University of Minnesota. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in child psychology and a Master’s of Education degree in family social science. Haines lives in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, a suburb of the Twin Cities.

Table of Contents

Readers Note vii

Letter to My Future Daughter ix

Prologue xi

Chapter 1 The Beginning 1

Chapter 2 Gedderts' Twistars USA 9

Chapter 3 Larry 17

Chapter 4 Broken 21

Chapter 5 Diagnosis 29

Chapter 6 Unworthy 37

Chapter 7 Medicated 43

Chapter 8 All on the Floor 51

Chapter 9 College 63

Chapter 10 Divided 69

Chapter 11 Last One, Best One 75

Chapter 12 NCAAs 85

Chapter 13 Retirement 91

Chapter 14 Numb 95

Chapter 15 Healing, Preparing, Recovery 101

Chapter 16 The Trial 113

Chapter 17 Still, I Rise 121

Epilogue 123

About the Author 127

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