A Louisville woman, who was the first person to report one of the most prolific sexual abusers in recorded history, spoke about child abuse in Kentucky.
Rachael Denhollander was the featured speaker at the Face It Movement to End Child Abuse Luncheon Monday in Louisville. She opened up about her personal experience.
"I am a survivor of sexual assault by two different perpetrators. The first was in my church when I was 7-years-old. The second was Larry Nassar when I was 15," Denhollander said.
Through her speech, Denhollander pointed out all the times Nassar could have been stopped, but those in positions to report him did not.
"If one person would have stood up and said enough is enough, hundreds of children would have been saved. Think about that," Kosair Charities president Keith Inman said.
Kosair Charities launched the Face It Movement in 2013 to address child abuse. Over the last year, Face It helped train almost 7,300 professionals and volunteers on how to keep kids safe. Denhollander spoke about the importance of that training.
"Do the right thing no matter what it costs. If you say child abuse matters, act like it," Denhollander said.
The Face It Movement focsues on a three-pronged approach to address child abuse and neglect: promote best practices in child abuse prevention and intervention, build awareness and engage the community, and advocate for effective policies to improve the child welfare system.