And a group of 141 survivors who went public about their sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar appeared on stage together Wednesday night to accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the annual ESPYs ceremony. Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman stood in front of the group to receive the award.
Aly Raisman: “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.”
Also honored at the ESPY Awards were the three coaches killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Valentine’s Day massacre. They were honored as coaches of the year.