I just cried through the last half hour of that. It was harrowing hearing the stories in first person even though have heard many of them reported before.
It was a very powerful exploration of what happened, and a tribute to the women and girls who came forward and made it stop.
I would have liked it to have been maybe half an hour longer, and to have truly explored just how much the culture of the sport can lead to a conspiracy of silence. It isn’t just big institutions protecting themselves. It is suburban gyms giving kids rope climbs as a consequence for crying, and telling them ‘no pain no gain’, and preventing parents from asking questions, and answering everything with ‘trust the coaches’. All of this takes away litttle girls voices. And if they can not trust the adults around them with the small stuff, how can they trust them with the big, shameful-feeling stuff.