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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.
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Epilogue: No Pretty Bows

Epilogue: No Pretty Bows

2018-12-1700:19:0517

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

Finale: The Reckoning

2018-12-1000:35:0024

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."
'What Have You Done?'

'What Have You Done?'

2018-12-0300:36:0739

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.
The Parents

The Parents

2018-11-2600:26:4420

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.
How He Got Caught

How He Got Caught

2018-11-1900:27:3029

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.
Gaslighting

Gaslighting

2018-11-1200:29:3824

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.
The Basement

The Basement

2018-11-0500:22:3429

Sometimes the people who don't believe you are the people who love you the most. This episode will take you into Larry Nassar's basement, through the memories of a young girl - a family friend who he abused for years.
How He Got Away

How He Got Away

2018-10-2900:27:5335

In this episode, we take you back to 2004 - 13 years before Dr. Larry Nassar would admit in court that he sexually abused children. This incident with a teenager will show you not just what Larry was doing to so many of his patients, but how he got away with it again and again.
The Good Guy

The Good Guy

2018-10-2200:17:5245

How did former Olympic gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar sexually abuse hundreds of girls and women for decades? To understand how he got away with it, we have to begin with the doctor in his prime, when everyone thought of him as Larry, the good guy.
Introducing Believed

Introducing Believed

2018-10-1200:02:4030

How did Larry Nassar, an Olympic gymnastics doctor, get away with abusing hundreds of women and girls for more than 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.
Comments (17)

Good grief 🇵🇷

I find it disgusting how much this series perpetuates rape culture by justifying the NEGLIGENCE and DENIAL of the parents. What they did "filing away sexual abuse" in the back of their minds make them complicit in the abuse. And to be in a room with a doctor examining your child and not observing in detail their methods is also ignorant. As a parent you protect children. At all costs. You do not just operate under the assumption doctors, coaches, people in direct access of your children have good intentions. You sustain skepticism and believe your children first. Your series does nothing for many survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Mar 7th
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Laxmi Woodham

Good grief 🇵🇷 I respectfully disagree. I think this program helps survivors of sexual abuse by showing how insidious a predator can be based on reputation alone and by revealing some of the systemic, institutional failures to address the victims who reported early on.

Mar 20th
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Rebecca Severinsen

such terrible editing! I want to hear the story but there are so many bad cuts!

Mar 5th
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Mrs Egg

I cannot tell you all how important this podcast is, just listen and take on board everything these ladies have been telling you. I'm so glad that there are people as strong as these, in the world.

Feb 24th
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Chris Rules

Still thinking about that court room full of survivors and struggling to even comprehend what cost a broken youth for these women and their families. I cried in awe several times during this story. Great journalism, I’m still thinking and may need to listen again.

Jan 30th
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The miss

i wish you were here in Germany, there is a trainer who needs to be checked.

Jan 30th
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Marie Fleming

I'm sobbing. the bravery and strength these women displayed is beyond comprehension for me. bravo to these people for coming forward and for standing up against this man and a system that supported him for so long.

Jan 24th
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Angela Hopkins

Kyle's a hero and regardless of what her parents were going through........they fricking suck!!

Jan 18th
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Jay Moe

"your time is up" ... damn that was cold

Jan 15th
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Christa Beery

My therapist recommended this podcast to me. While it was difficult to try to keep my PTSD in check, I found it so important to listen to every word. Thank you to everyone who made this happen. Thank you to those who were strough enough to speak up. I wasn't in my situation and I regret it so much.

Dec 18th
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Mehmet Guloz

Christa Beery Thank you so much for your comment. I'm sorry you had to go through such an awful experience. I wanted to say that I am sure you did all you could in your situation, and you did it to survive it. It is not at all easy to speak up sometimes.

Jan 3rd
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Lori Brooks

Thank you so much for this. I was not believed by so many people when I was date raped.. Or blamed is probably the better word. When my daughter was raped by her father I believed and most of the family believed but she was so young that her voice was not believed by DHS or the police.

Dec 17th
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Bryan Brady

the source is broken on castbox I can't listen

Dec 7th
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RainDancer

Parts of this episode are missing. Listen to minute 26

Nov 28th
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LaSandra Lee

about 1/2 way through gaslighting episode. The episode drew me in with the idea I would get to hear Larry speak... but the audio was edited so severely that I wasn't given the opportunity to learn. The journalist spoke over all of it with her opinion. As a fellow Me Too, I was intrigued to hear what his warped mind had to say. I was also sexually abused from toddlerhood to teenager in an extreme way. I wanted to hear how these deviants think. Let the nutcase speak! You already have your platform.

Nov 21st
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LaSandra Lee

Amanda Williams thank you

Jan 2nd
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Amanda Williams

LaSandra Lee the unedited videos of his interviews can be found on YouTube.

Nov 28th
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