First woman to publicly accuse Larry Nassar names baby after MSU detective

Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to publicly accuse Larry Nassar of sexual assault, paid tribute to a detective who worked on the case by naming her newborn daughter after her.

Denhollander, 33, praised Michigan State University detective Lt. Andrea Renee Munford in the Friday birth announcement of her third daughter, Elora Renee Joy.

Munford “fought for us and made redeeming so much evil possible,” Denhollander tweeted. “Just need a few more babies so we can have namesakes for the others who fought for us too.”

Denhollander was the first to go public with accusations against Nassar, the former sports doctor for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics who pleaded guilty in November to sexually assaulting his patients.

She reported to MSU police in August 2016 that Nassar had molested her when she was seeking treatment for back pain in 2000. She was 15 years old.

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Victim Rachael Denhollander speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Rachael Denhollander who was victimized by former Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar is consoled by her husband Jacob after the sentencing phase in Ingham County Circuit Court on January 24, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan. Disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison on Wednesday for sexually abusing scores of young girls under the guise of medical treatment. 'I've just signed your death warrant,' Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said as she handed down the sentence after a week of gut-wrenching testimony by over 150 of Nassar's victims. / AFP PHOTO / JEFF KOWALSKY (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Victim Rachael Denhollander listens as Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, is sentenced in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Victim Rachael Denhollander arrives at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Victim Rachael Denhollander is embraced by her husband Jacob after she spoke at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Victim Rachael Denhollander (R) is embraced by prosecutor Angela Povilaitis after Denhollander spoke at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Rachael Denhollander (C) the first woman to publicly say she was sexually abused by Larry Nassar, the former physician for the U.S. womens gymnastics team is hugged during a hearing in Ingham County Circuit Court on November 22, 2017 in Lansing, Michigan. Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Lawrence (Larry) Nassar, accused of molesting dozens of female athletes over several decades, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct. Nassar -- who was involved with USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades and worked with the country's gymnasts at four separate Olympic Games -- could face at least 25 years in prison on the charges brought in Michigan. / AFP PHOTO / JEFF KOWALSKY (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Victim Rachael Denhollander speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Rachael Denhollander who was victimized by former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar listens during the sentencing phase in Ingham County Circuit Court on January 24, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan. Disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison on Wednesday for sexually abusing scores of young girls under the guise of medical treatment. 'I've just signed your death warrant,' Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said as she handed down the sentence after a week of gut-wrenching testimony by over 150 of Nassar's victims. / AFP PHOTO / JEFF KOWALSKY (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Rachael Denhollander and Kyle Stephens are seen walking out of CBS Morning Show on January 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
Kaylee Lorincz(R) hugs Rachael Denhollander as former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar listens to impact statements during the sentencing phase in Ingham County Circuit Court on January 24, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan. More than 100 women and girls accuse Nassar of a pattern of serial abuse dating back two decades, including the Olympic gold-medal winners Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney -- who have lashed out at top sporting officials for failing to stop him. / AFP PHOTO / JEFF KOWALSKY (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Rachael Denhollander speaks as former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar listens to impact statements during the sentencing phase in Ingham County Circuit Court on January 24, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan. More than 100 women and girls accuse Nassar of a pattern of serial abuse dating back two decades, including the Olympic gold-medal winners Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney -- who have lashed out at top sporting officials for failing to stop him. / AFP PHOTO / JEFF KOWALSKY (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Denhollander and another woman, who chose not to be named, filed complaints against Nassar in September 2016. Over a year later, in February 2018, after hearing impact statements over seven days from more than 100 accusers, a judge sentenced Nassar to 40 to 175 years in prison. 

Denhollander told the Lansing State Journal in April that she had been impressed by Munford’s tenacity and commitment to pursuing the truth.

“These women display love, courage and sacrifice more than anyone will ever know,” Denhollander tweeted in April about Munford and Michigan Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis, who led the prosecution against Nassar.

“Heroes long before the media attention, fighting for those with no voice and little strength left,” she wrote. “So thankful for them.”

Povilaitis welcomed Denhollander’s new addition to the family in a heartfelt tweet on Friday.

“I have such happy tears right now. What a beautiful & perfect name!” tweeted Povilaitis, adding that she shared Denhollander’s post with Munford, who isn’t on Twitter.

A representative for Munford did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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