An Inspiration to All
What a messed-up country we live in.
Who knew that there’s been a whole war going on within a part of the country that most people think is perfect? Hollywood. With so much going on in this country, we tend to ignore the other messes that are occurring, especially in the environments we assume to be unbothered and given the most protection.
However, everything comes with a hierarchy. Though there are many with great fame and fortune, there are also many with greater fame and greater fortune. With their higher status, they can do more without are repercussions, regardless of how illegal and malicious their actions may be.
Why are accusations just coming to light?
It’s pretty difficult to bring the “Untouchable Hollywood” to justice. What is “Untouchable Hollywood,” you ask? Well, it can be defined as the more money and fame you have, the more protected you are. They are the ones that can’t be touched, regardless of the unspeakable actions they may commit. However, the scariest part is the power they have.
The infamous line “with just one phone call, I can ruin your career” is true.
Their recognition and acclamation puts them above the law. Because they are placed above the law—thus meaning they are above everyone else—this allows them to continue creating victims for years. In many cases, the victims have been given a large sum of money—easily accessible to the predators—in exchange for keeping quiet. Decades of inappropriate encounters and no judicial action means that evidence is hard to uncover and victims have been silenced for a very long time; they forgot what it means to speak.
Some of the most silenced victims were of Larry Nassar.
Lawrence Gerard Nassar began working as the USA Gymnastics national team doctor in 1986; he began preying on young girls in 1994. Nassar’s victims were as young as six and as old as thirteen when the abuse began. On December 21, 2016, Nassar was denied bond on federal charges of child pornography, with an FBI agent testifying that at least 37,000 images and videos of child pornography were found while searching Nassar’s home.
For decades, Nassar hid behind his status as the “must-see” doctor for the best gymnasts of the country—he was a part of the Untouchable Hollywood.
What’s amazing, though, is that the women that he has hurt have decided it was time to them to break the silence.
Through concrete evidence and the testimony of the over 160 victims that came forward to speak of the pain he brought them, Nassar has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison. Nassar has also pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The good that comes from this: watching these women come forward has taught me a little something about faith.
Regardless of the threats, the fear and the briberies, victims are beginning to use each other’s strength to put a stop to no action being done against these criminals. They are truly an inspiration to women and sexual abuse victims everywhere.
They have been questioned by their parents, coaches, colleagues and even friends who were all hesitant to believe the accusations that had come to light. However, instead of continuing to allow the disbelief to keep them silent, they began to have faith within each other.
When those who could have stopped these predators didn’t do anything, they decided to handle it themselves. They didn’t let their faith diminish and continued to keep the faith that this man would be brought to justice; and with their hard work and strength, we are nailing one predator at a time.
The silence breakers are taking back what was stolen from them: their voices.
Seeing so many women discuss the years of abuse and the decades of suffering they endured afterwards is heartbreaking; but to see them use this pain to their advantage is extraordinary. Women have proven time and time again that their power is to not be underestimated; looks like the country needs some reminding.
These women did what no one else would: stop the list of victims from further growing. I think we should shed light on these and other inspirational women.