HBO's 'At the Heart of Gold' focuses on Nassar abuse scandal, survivors
(FOX 2) - Trinea Gonczar is one of the hundreds of women who was sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar, the former sports doctor for USA gymnastics and Michigan State University.
"It is very confusing to me that he was able to be a predator on top of being a doctor," she said.
A new documentary titled "At the heart of gold: Inside the USA gymnastics scandal" is airing on HBO about the Nassar scandal.
"So the story goes into kind of the grooming process that happened and the downfall of Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, Twistars (children gymnastics club)," she said. "The people that had knowledge about what happened with the doctor, and didn't move it forward."
The documentary recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Trinea and many of her sister survivors were in New York for the screening
"I think there's something extremely difficult to be recognized in a public space for being sexually molested, that is not a happy space," Gonczar said. "Nonetheless, if we can be the face of survivors to be able to come forward, if we can give a voice to just one survivor, then we've done our job."
Trinea paid tribute to all the survivors in a specially designed dress.
"I wanted a teal dress because that's the color of sexual assault," she said. "And I wanted everyone of us to be there. So I kind of considered a way that we could all be there, through a dress."
She had 493 flowers on the dress, each one representing a Nassar survivor who came forward.
It was after Trinea and hundreds of others gave victim impact statements that she decided to leave her job and start working for Wayne County SAFE which provides free rape kits and sexual assault services including counseling and advocacy. Now she helps other sexual assault survivors.
"They don't where to go or what to do, or how to get there," Gonczar said. "I wanted to be part of this organization to make sure everyone knew about us - before they need to know."
It has been a year since Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison.
Trinea hopes the documentary will help expose more predators.
"I really hope this empowers other survivors to know their shame doesn't have to stay with them, it should be with the predator," she said. "And that it is okay for them to come forward.
"We really want predators to know we're coming for them and that as survivors we are standing strong and never backing down."
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