POW­ER­FUL SHOW OF COURAGE FROM ABUSE SUR­VIVORS

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - WORLD -

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.

Pic­ture: GETTY IMAGES

Sarah Klein, Tif­fany Thomas Lopez, Aly Rais­man and re­cip­i­ents of the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage on­stage at the 2018 ESPYS in Los An­ge­les.

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