For some reason, Sports Illustrated chose Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who this summer accused Supreme Court nominee (now Justice) Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault 40 years ago, to announce the magazine chose former gymnast Rachael Denhollander to receive its Inspiration of the Year award.

Denhollander became the first gymnast to speak out against former Michigan State and USA gymnast doctor Larry Nassar for sexual assault.

WHY?! Now everyone is paying attention to Ford instead of Denhollander and other Nassar victims.

Over 150 females spoke out against Nassar with Denhollander leading the way. All of them spoke about what he did to them, but also how the system failed them.

Nassar received a sentence of 175 years on charges of sexual assault: 40 to 125 years on three counts of sexual assault, and a 60 year sentence on federal child pornography charges.

Ford says:

Rachael Denhollander, I am in awe of you, and I will always be inspired by you. In stepping forward, you took a huge risk and you galvanized future generations to come forward, even when the odds are seemingly stacked against them. The lasting lesson is that we all have the power to create real change, and we cannot allow ourselves to be defined by the acts of others.

Unlike Kavanaugh, Nassar was proven beyond a reasonable doubt of committing these crimes. Witnesses backed up Denhollander’s accounts while those Ford named couldn’t even remember the party she spoke about or flat out denied they attended a party with her.

Why not ask one of the other Nassar victims to announce the award? Or maybe another athlete that suffered sexual abuse? Ford has absolutely nothing to do with sports.

Because of this, Sports Illustrated has taken away the attention and honor Denhollander and the other victims rightfully deserve. Look at the tweet the magazine sent out. It props up Ford more than Denhollander.

Look at the headlines:

The story should be about Denhollander and Nassar’s other victims.


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