espnW Roundtable: Sister Survivors share experiences, strength, hope

From Larry Nassar's sentencing hearing in January 2018 emerged an army of survivors. This powerful group has elevated the conversation around sexual assault beyond their own experiences, making change for themselves and for society at large.

As part of our continued coverage, espnW recently hosted a roundtable discussion with Sister Survivors Amanda Thomashow, 29, Tiffany Thomas Lopez, 38, Sterling Riethman, 25, Trinea Gonczar, 37, and Grace French, 23. The conversation, moderated by ESPN investigative reporter Tisha Thompson, focused on how they're moving forward, educating others on how to recognize abuse and supporting victims of sexual assault.

Watch the full, 46-minute conversation here.

Excerpts from the Sister Survivors roundtable discussion:

What Sister Survivors say about not being believed »

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Sister Survivors on the challenge of trusting medical professionals »

Sister Survivors on how to support victims of abuse »

How the Sister Survivors want to be remembered »

Sister Survivors on turning tragedy into triumph »

A courageous, inspiring moment at the ESPYS »

How the Sister Survivors have become advocates for others »


If you need help, call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit rainn.org. The National Sexual Assault Hotline is a safe, confidential service. You are not alone.