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By Alexyz LigginsJanuary 16, 2019
On Wednesday, 141 survivors of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse joined together to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2018 ESPYS.
The “sister survivors,” including gymnasts Aly Raisman and Sarah Klein joined hands onstage as actress Jennifer Garner presented them with the award and spoke out against the abuse of Nassar.
“Perhaps the greatest tragedy of this nightmare is that it could have been avoided,” Raisman said. “Whether you act or do nothing, you are shaping the world that we live in. Impacting others. All we needed was one adult to have the integrity stand between us and Larry Nassar.”
She continued, “If just one adult had listened, believed and acted, the people standing before you on this stage would have never have met him,” Raisman said.
Klein scolded USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, where Nassar served as a team doctor and found his young victims, for putting “money and medals above the safety of child athletes.”
“We must start caring about children’s safety more than we care about adults’ reputations,” said Klein, who was first abused by Nassar three decades ago. “If we can just give one person the courage to use their voice, this is worth it.”
Nassar was sentenced to between 40 and 175 years jail for the sexual assault of girls and women in his care, one as young as 13. He is also serving a 60-year sentence for possessing child pornography.