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At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Powerful docu about enabling and surviving sexual abuse.

TV HBO Reality TV 2019
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The powerful documentary gives a voice to the survivors of Dr. Nassar's sexual abuse, many of whom endured his assaults for years without fully understanding what was happening to them. It reveals how easily the serial pedophile was able to manipulate the often-abusive gymnastics training culture in order to foster a sense of trust among the young, sexually inexperienced athletes. He was then able to groom them (and often their unwitting parents and other adults) into accepting his invasive "treatments" as legitimate medical procedures. It also shines a harsh spotlight on MSU and USAG, underscoring the damage caused by sports institutions that systematically prioritize making money and gaining prestige off of athlete success, while protecting their own interests at any cost. But At The Heart of Gold never allows the audience to forget the women, among them young high school students, mothers, and Olympic medalists, who publicly shared their stories despite their right to remain anonymous, in order to fight back, reclaim their lives, and end the cycle of abuse in their sport.

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