Kristen Thelen

Kristen Thelen is a student at Michigan State University. She spent 17 years involved in the sport of gymnastics.

How do you remain positive in challenging times?

In difficult times I just remind myself that I am strong enough to stand up and face anything in my path. I choose to embrace life and that includes rising to meet any challenges.

What do you hope viewers take away from the film?

I hope that by viewing this film people will become more aware of the profile of an abuser. It is my hope that the next generation of young men and women will have a much safer environment to freely enjoy the sport of their choice.

I am encouraged by the strength of anyone who has lived through abuse. I am happy to see both women and men finally speaking up that abuse is no longer tolerated or normalized in our society.