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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    • 4.9, 12K Ratings

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
12K Ratings

12K Ratings

Zixlit ,

Terrific Reporting of Sexual Abuse and Opening Eyes to Reality

This podcast was recommended to me by one of my clients who had experienced horrible abuse by a teacher for several years.
As a therapist I have been hearing the details of these stories for 40 years and this podcast was done in such a way as to help victims understand how their minds were manipulated and that sexual abuse is not just about an act of sexual abuse.
This has been very helpful to some of my clients who were still blaming themselves for having been controlled or manipulated.

Thanks you!

Pao2010 ,

Amazing!

The strength and courage each one of these young women showed through this entire ordeal is awe inspiring. This is an incredible story of perseverance. I honestly cried a lot. But it was soooo good.

Meag L ,

Such a great job

I am in awe of this. I have read all the books thus far released around the subject of Larry and his abuse, and surprised to have not heard of this podcast coverage until a couple day’s ago. I finished the series in one day. Thank you for great coverage. You did a great job honoring the girls affected. Being a competitive gymnast myself, I can’t imagine how these girls felt. My heart hurts for each and every one. But, grateful they received justice.

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