10 episodes

How did Larry Nassar, an Olympic gymnastics doctor, get away with abusing hundreds of women and girls for two decades? Believed is an inside look at how a team of women won a conviction in one of the largest serial sexual abuse cases in U.S. history. It's a story of survivors finding their power in a cultural moment when people are coming to understand how important that is. It's also an unnerving exploration of how even well-meaning adults can fail to believe.

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How did Larry Nassar, an Olympic gymnastics doctor, get away with abusing hundreds of women and girls for two decades? Believed is an inside look at how a team of women won a conviction in one of the largest serial sexual abuse cases in U.S. history. It's a story of survivors finding their power in a cultural moment when people are coming to understand how important that is. It's also an unnerving exploration of how even well-meaning adults can fail to believe.

    Epilogue: No Pretty Bows

    Epilogue: No Pretty Bows

    In the end, Larry Nassar's survivors were believed. But is that enough?

    • 18 min
    Finale: The Reckoning

    Finale: The Reckoning

    The world watches as more than 200 women and girls confront Larry Nassar at his sentencing hearings. "Little girls don't stay little forever," says one survivor. "They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world."

    • 35 min
    'What Have You Done?'

    'What Have You Done?'

    Even some of Larry Nassar's victims found it hard to believe they themselves were abused. This is the story of a patient who supported him for years, despite the allegations. Hear what it took for her to finally accept the truth.

    • 36 min
    The Parents

    The Parents

    Many parents were in the room when Larry Nassar abused their daughters. They had no idea it was happening. That's because Larry didn't just manipulate his victims, he manipulated their parents, too.

    • 26 min
    How He Got Caught

    How He Got Caught

    Larry Nassar's world starts to fall apart in the summer of 2016, thanks to three things: a tough Michigan detective, a team of journalists in Indiana, and a homeschooling mom from Kentucky. In this episode, you'll hear Larry's facade collapse - on tape.

    • 27 min
    Gaslighting

    Gaslighting

    It's time to hear from Larry, and we've got the tape. In 2014, the doctor was interviewed by a police detective after another patient reported him for sexual assault. You'll hear for yourself how Larry lies, manipulates and convinces police to believe him instead of the victim.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12.2K Ratings

12.2K Ratings

Nat Galindo ,

Heartbreaking but eye opening

So sad to hear these young ladies stories. It was hard to hear each episode but important to have listened. You ladies did a wonderful job! Praying for these ladies and their recovery.

f!ght the POWER ,

difficult but necessary

Half of the time I listened to this series, I was either tearing up or straight out crying. I spent the majority of my childhood doing gymnastics. I didn’t realize it back then, but my coaches had such a psychological hold on me and all of my teammates, whose ages ranged from 6-18. We all were under this spell that they knew what they were doing and therefore we could not question them. A lesson that is not taught often enough is that authority figures are not always to be trusted, and it is important and necessary to question someone if what they are doing does not feel right. It took me years to tell my parents about an incident with one of my coaches that I used to be embarrassed and ashamed of, but hearing all of the girls’ statements, especially Aly Raisman’s, I felt confident that I was not alone and what happened was not my fault. This subject matter is not to be taken lightly, but I believe everyone who is old enough to understand the severity of Nassar’s actions should be educated about this and know that they have a voice if they were/are taken advantage of. My whole heart goes out to every girl who had their innocence stolen by that evil monster, and also my gratitude goes out to those who spoke in court for providing me with the courage to face, process, and heal from the skeleton in my closet. Survivors deserve to be heard, and deserve to be BELIEVED!
Also, if you enjoyed this podcast, watch Athlete A on Netflix!!

Arash256 ,

Good work

I have a daughter that has participated in cheerleading and dancing and other youth sports. And this thing is just really tragic. I want to thank you for bringing to light what happens if you don't listen to these girls. Or anyone that has a as a problem.

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