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The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down Kindle Edition
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"This may be the most important sports title of the year."―Library Journal (starred review)
"Abigail Pesta's new book lends an essential platform to the voices of the brave women who brought down predator Larry Nassar. We must continue to listen to these women and their stories. Now, we can do just that, thanks to Ms. Pesta's excellent reporting."―Gloria Steinem
"Pesta's empathy for these girls and women is palpable, and powerful. ... The book has the effect of a chorus of righteous anger."―Los Angeles Times
"This is a courageous, courageous book. ... The Girls is probably the most thorough account of this case."―Dr. Phil
"Journalist Abigail Pesta reveals a shocking and ultimately inspiring chronicle of what Nassar's survivors endured, and how a decades-long fight to be heard was finally won."―Salon
"In the #MeToo era, The Girls is a powerful addition to the nationwide conversations and reckonings happening around sexual abuse, harassment, and violence."―Ms. Magazine
"Pesta's compassionate in-depth reporting is startling in its entirety and candor and should be read by coaches, counselors, therapists, law enforcement officers, sports writers, parents of young athletes and athletes, university officials and especially university presidents.... Her writing is straightforward and compelling without straying into sensationalism."―Lansing City Pulse
"In interviews with 25 survivors -- including the likely first victim and the last -- journalist Abigail Pesta documents how [Larry Nassar] honed his manipulation skills to become the most prolific predator in sports history."―Marie Claire
"This book is one that every single person who works in sport should read."―Female Coaching Network
"The damage to these young women has been immeasurable ... but they have reclaimed control of their lives from a predator who is destined to die in prison. The Girls is their story of courage."―New York Journal of Books
About the Author
Abigail Pesta is an award-winning journalist who has lived and worked around the world, from New York to London to Hong Kong. Her investigative and feature reporting has appeared in global publications, including Cosmopolitan, the New York Times, Marie Claire, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Glamour, the Atlantic, New York magazine, and many others.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B07J4W56SS
- Publisher : Seal Press (August 6, 2019)
- Publication date : August 6, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1028 KB
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 233 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #63,654 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What I think is so important about the book is that it focuses on " the girls" as the title says. This is not the Larry Nassar story this is the story of the girls. It does chronicle it so that you can see how he does evolve in his grooming techniques over decades. His first victim in this book has quite a different story than some of the later ones. Her abuse seemed to be more violent as he was maybe not as able to control his urges. Over time he grooms the girls, finds ways to be in the gyms, and he grooms the parents. While he's quirky he becomes a beloved fixture of the gymnastics world and that is what subsequently allowed him to abuse so many girls and young women.
I think a lot of people including myself assumed the girls knew they were abused but didn't feel comfortable reporting it. Contrary some new instantly they were abused and reported it but were not listened to. It is frustrating to see how many times he fell through the cracks. A great many more believed this wasn't abuse but a real medical treatment. They talked to friends who had the same things done. He was trusted, he was a renown doctor.
I, myself, am a sports medicine physician. I'm not a DO and am much younger and thus did not know Nassar. I have read and listened to podcasts regarding a great number of sexual abuse of youth cases. What I found frustrating about a lot of these was that it was always framed as "a football" problem or "catholic church problem" when there were many other cases that weren't publicized which showed that there are predators who are everywhere. One of the common themes when reading about the cases is often that the predator endeared himself to people in the field for years. The people who knew them couldn't believe it was true. When we pigeon holed these as one time things we failed to see the predators in front of us--- like Nassar instead focusing on just the cases that already occurred.
Sports coaches as well as sports medicine professionals have unique access. As sports physicians or athletic trainers we get to know our athletes better than many doctors. we treat people in sports facilities. Coaches are often with the same kids for years and kids want to make their coaches happy and proud.
I also had never thought about how psychological abuse by coaches could allow for athletes to be further victimized. As kids get more specialized in sports - having she same coaches for years, getting private coaching, and having their lives more ensnared with their coaches I feel that parents have to be aware and alert. Psychological abuse on the hands of a coach can result in depression, burnout, self harm, eating disorders, and poor self esteem. It also can blur the lines and possible sexual abuse as this book pointed out. As we become more aware of the abuse that has become too common place in our youth sports, I think that we need to reassess what youth sports are as a whole. While many do want there children to be elite, at what cost. Is the goal of sports to become elite or to develop skills, friendship, and an active lifestyle.
Militant coaching in gymnastics needs an overhaul states Abigail but I’m only seeing more militant coaching in other sports at the moment Valerie Kondos Field former coach of UCLA gymnastics
States “instead of asking your kids ‘Did you win today? ‘ You can ask ‘Did you learn anything today? What are your goals? How are you feeling?’ In other words, put the focus on the person, not the win. The same goes for coaches… It’s so easy to play god to these kids. They’ll do anything for you. Be a motivator, not a dictatorial ass”
We relish blissful smiles of achievement and victory. We celebrate the tears of joys and the awarding of medals. But what we don’t see is the long, difficult journey to the Olympics. We don’t see the grueling training sessions. The early mornings. The late nights. The non-existent weekends. The broken bones and torn ligaments.
We don’t see the pain or the suffering. And at times, the pain and suffering of elite athleticism are not simply bruised bones or muscle aches. The pain is something more.
This book is about unimaginable pain. Pain that was unnecessary and inflicted not just by one man, or two men, but a culture that failed to protect.
John Geddert, Larry Nassar, and the system are the three main antagonists in this book. Neither one could have existed without the other.
Geddert was the coach. He was abusive and cruel. His supporters probably would have labeled him strict or a perfectionist; a coach that demanded only the best from his gymnasts. But he was dangerous, he forced gymnasts to perform with horrible injuries. When they failed he hurled equipment and disgusting insults with ease. To Geddert, these gymnasts were not humans but objects for winning.
Nassar was the doctor. He was kind and caring. He was the complete complement to Geddert. Gymnasts, at first, were glad to be with Nassar. He provided kindness and compassion these gymnasts so desperately needed. But that is how Nassar gained their trust. For decades, Nassar sexually assaulted hundreds of girls under the guise of a medical procedure. To Nassar, these gymnasts were not humans but objects for his pleasure.
Some gymnasts were not silent about Geddert and Nassar. They reported their coach and doctor to parents, police, and governing bodies, but nothing happened. In some cases, the gymnasts were not believed (even by their parents). In other cases, the police didn’t do their due diligence or the governing bodies did not want to tarnish their reputation. The system failed.
I know there are numerous documentaries, television news magazine episodes, and articles written about the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal. And I would say, the ones I have watched have been well produced and informative. This book focuses on the stories of the survivors. It doesn’t attempt to sensationalize the narrative. It doesn’t try to humanize Geddert or Nassar. It simply wants to tell you the stories of the survivors. What they experienced and how they survived.
It’s definitely gut-wrenching. But I think books like this help. We cannot undo the past, but what we can do is provide a better tomorrow, by creating a better system. A system that allows athletes to thrive and prevents Gedderts and Nassars from existing.