Three years after blowing the whistle on serial infant molester Larry Nassar, the former gymnast turned lawyer is continuing to lead the fight both in and beyond the world of sports
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In 2016, former gymnast Rachael Denhollander filed a report with the Michigan State University police department and a Title IX complaint with the school. She alleged that Dr Larry Nassar had sexually assaulted her more than a decade earlier when she’d been his patient- and in doing so, Denhollander became the first of more than 265 girls to come forward alleging abuse by Nassar.
Nassar will expend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted on charges of child pornography, sexual assault and sexual assault of minors. During a January 2018 sentencing, dozens of his victims devoted impact statements in court in Michigan, facing their accuser with an array of feelings. Denollander was one of them, asking simply:” How much is a little girl worth ?”
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By that phase, Denhollander was already one of the most vocal and best-known of Nassar’s victims; a lawyer, she’s moved into advocacy work full-time since coming forward three years ago. Denhollander’s work has expanded beyond the world of sports, though, and she’s been especially critical of the Southern Baptist Convention and the abuse within its ranks.
This week Denhollander spoke with the Guardian about her ongoing advocacy run and the progress she hopes to still see.
It’s been more than three years now since you came forward and this movement started. How do you feel about everything USA Gymnastics has done since ?
Disappointed. They have altogether refused any shred of transparency and accountability. They have refused to identify even one thing that went wrong. They have refused to identify even one coach that was abusive or one abusive situation, to point to something and say, hey, we shouldn’t have allowed that . And if you cannot even acknowledge the problem, you cannot fix the problem.
I get asked all the time, what’s the single most important thing we can do to combat abuse? And most of the time when people ask that question, they’re thinking policy: What policy provision do we need in place? But the single most important thing you can do[ isn’t policy ]. It’s to communicate that it matters, because that’s what alterations the culture around you. That’s what communicates to predators that they will not be harbored and they won’t be safe. That’s what communicates to the people who would mishandle or cover up allegations of abuse that there will be consequences if they don’t report it properly. And that’s what communicates to survivors that[ they’re] going to be heard and like to hear, and it’s safe to speak up. If you did not communicate that, you haven’t done the most basic thing you need to start to change the culture around you.
And I take it you don’t feel like that has happened .
They actually still do believe they have a publicity problem. That’s what they’re acting like. … So it has been nothing but gross disappointment.
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French startup Doctolib has raised a new round of the financing of $ 170 million( EUR1 50 million ). The round is led by General Atlantic, with existing investors Accel, Eurazeo, Kernel and Bpifrance also participating. Some German healthcare entrepreneurs are also joining the round — the company isn’t detailing the names of those investors.
But Doctolib is detailing an important metric — its valuation. Based on this new round, Doctolib now has a post-money valuation of $ 1.13 billion( EUR1 billion ). There’s a new unicorn in town.
Doctolib first started with a scheduling service for health practitioners. For EUR1 09 per month ($ 124 ), you can replace your calendar with Doctolib and let the startup take care of your week. Patients can book an appointment on Doctolib’s website and everything stays in sync between your own calendar and your public calendar.
More recently, Doctolib expanded to new countries and new the different types of practitioners. The company is now live in Germany and now also works with hospitals. Some hospitals have altogether switched their scheduling system to Doctolib. Doctolib essentially became the leading cloud service for healthcare scheduling.
There are currently 75,000 practitioners and 1,400 healthcare facilities using Doctolib. The company works with 750 people and has offices in 40 different cities — it sounds like you need to have a local team in order to convince physicians in a specific area.
And now, the startup wants to expand to new services. In January, the company launched its telemedicine service. Existing Doctolib clients can now flip a switching and start accepting remote appointments.
This is a natural extension of Doctolib’s booking service. In addition to finding the right doctor and booking an appointment, you can now have a video consultation with a healthcare professional and get a digital prescription in your account.
Doctolib has focused on a limited feature decide for years. But the company now has a shot at becoming a sort of Salesforce for the healthcare industry — a software-as-a-service company with a range of services to help practitioners switch from traditional software suites to browser-based applications.
For instance, Doctolib could expand beyond patient-to-doctor relationships and facilitate doctor-to-doctor collaboration as well.
With today’s funding round, the company will double the size of the team within the next three years across the board. In addition to being able to marketings people, the company will also double the size of the technology, product and design squads in order to launch new products. And finally, Doctolib will also expand to new countries.