ESPY Honors Survivors of Larry Nassar Abuse
The Arthur Ashe Award for Courage was awarded to all 141 survivors who came forward about the sexual abuse they endured at the hands of Larry Nassar.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman accepted the award on behalf of the group.
“All those years, we were told, ‘You are wrong. You misunderstood. He’s a doctor. It’s OK. Don’t worry. We’ve got it covered. Be careful. There are risks involved.’ The intention? To silence us, in favor of money, medals and reputation. But we persisted, and finally someone listened and believed us.” — Raisman
Danica Patrick hosted the awards in Los Angeles as the first female host in ESPY history.
Nassar, a gymnastics coach and doctor for the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, is serving up to 175 years in prison for his decades of abuse.