MiamiHerald / What is a little girl worth?”
Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to publicly accuse Larry Nassar of sexual assault, repeatedly asked this question to the judge and court during the trial.
Given the long and detailed path to the Lansing, Michigan, courtroom, where Nassar was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for molesting young female athletes, for many years prior, Denhollander was desperately seeking justice, to no avail. It took more than 150 women speaking up before Nassar was convicted. The case’s disturbing details exposed a decades-long culture of enabling at Michigan State University. Many victims claim they sought help from others and shared their ordeals with several MSU officials, but no one believed them.
As the Nassar case was making headlines in the United States, across the globe in Pakistan, the suspected murderer of a 7-year-old finally was arrested. Zainab had been kidnapped and was missing for five days before her body was discovered in a pile of garbage. Zainab’s alleged murderer is believed to be a serial killer accused of seven similar attacks. Had it not been for the huge outcry on social media, the suspect would still be at large and free to carry on his killing rampage unabated.