POWERFUL SHOW OF COURAGE FROM ABUSE SURVIVORS
HUNDREDS of survivors of sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics team coach Larry Nassar received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2018 ESPYs on Wednesday.
More than 140 of the women joined hands on stage in a moving finale to the awards show that honours top athletes and sporting performances of the previous year.
Actress Jennifer Garner presented the award, saying that while the story of the “sister survivors” was difficult, it was one that the world “has to hear”.
Sarah Klein, who identified herself as the first to be abused by Nassar, said that she and others on the stage “represent hundreds more.”
“Make no mistake,” she said. “We are here on this stage ... a portrait of survival.”
The courage award is given to someone who embodies the spirit of tennis great and human rights activist Arthur Ashe.
Nassar was accused of sexual assault under the guise of treatment by more than 265 women, many of them former US Olympians. He was sentenced in January to life behind bars.
“If just one adult had listened, believed and acted, the people standing before you … would have never met him,” Olympian Aly Raisman said.
Sarah Klein, Tiffany Thomas Lopez, Aly Raisman and recipients of the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage onstage at the 2018 ESPYS in Los Angeles.