For its ninth annual Summer Speaker Series, the Community Safety Network is bringing in a survivor of one of the most high-profile cases of widespread sexual abuse in recorded history to Jackson.
The series' keynote speaker is Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to file a police report against USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. After Denhollander's report, more than 250 other victims came forward with their accounts of Nassar's abuse. Their combined testimony eventually led to Nassar's conviction in 2018 and sentencing of life in prison for his crimes.
Denhollander was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2018 and was a co-recipient of ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award for her work as an advocate and educator on sexual assault.
In her June 27 keynote address, Denhollander will speak about issues of abuse and the cultural dynamics that allow abusers to remain in power. With examples from her personal narrative, she will discuss how to support survivors and stand against sexual abuse.
The keynote address will take place over brunch from 10 a.m. to noon at Teton Pines. Tickets for the keynote address are $150. A 5 to 7 p.m. reception with brief speaker remarks will take place later that day at at the Center for the Arts. Tickets for the reception are $30. Tickets can be purchased at CSNJH.org.