More than 100 Nassar victims take stage in emotional ESPYs moment

Thomas Lopez Aly Raisman along with other victims of Larry Nassar were honored with the Arthur Ashe courage award at the 2018 ESPYs

More than 100 Nassar victims take stage in emotional ESPYs moment

One after another spoke about what this man did when they were 11, 12, 13 years old.

"I encourage those suffering to hold tight to your faith, and stand tall when speaking your truth", she said.

In May, Nichols then learned she would be one of the recipients of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Actress Jennifer Garner presented the gymnasts - many just girls when Nassar assaulted them - with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, calling them "sister survivors".

"It is gruelling and it is painful, but it is time". "As a survivor, I am here to say, if we can just give one person the courage to use their voice, this is worth it".

Three of the survivors - Sarah Klein, Tiffany Thomas Lopez, and Aly Raisman - spoke on behalf of the group when accepting the award during the telecast. In it, she thanked the people who helped bring Nassar to justice; faulted those who failed to act on claims of abuse that were made over an 18-year period from 1999 to 2016; and offered support to other victims.

Listing the years that survivors spoke out about Larry Nassar - and were ignored - while standing on stage with 140 other women affected by his sexual abuse, Olympic champion Aly Raisman demonstrated both the resilience in women and the consequences of inaction and enablement. You know, when I first watched the package to do the voiceover, and then last night we had a very long rehearsal, that was really important to me because I knew I needed to get my emotions out before tonight, because it's not about me, it's about them.

ABCAly Raisman along with other victims of Larry Nassar were honored with the Arthur Ashe courage award at the 2018 ESPY's
ABCAly Raisman along with other victims of Larry Nassar were honored with the Arthur Ashe courage award at the 2018 ESPY's

Her speech was followed by a powerful and emotional video where Raisman, along with a number of other courageous women, retold their story and vowed to never let it happen again.

"I'm here to tell you, you can not silence the strong together", she said.

ESPYs producer Maura Mandt said in May that ESPN hopes "this tribute will reflect the awe and admiration these individuals deserve", adding that "the future will undoubtedly be different because of the actions of these heroic women".

"We've all been through something really terrible, but we're all gonna get through it together", she added.

Nassar, 54, was sentenced in January to between 40 and 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County, Mich. You misunderstood. He's a doctor. "You took an oath to do no harm, and you harmed over 256 women, and that is beyond comprehension", Michigan Judge Janice Cunningham told Nassar at the time of his sentencing in February.

They've put their abuser away for life.

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