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More than 100 victims of disgraced Olympic doctor Larry Nassar have taken the stage at the annual ESPY Awards to accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
In an incredible and emotional display of courage, the group of 140 women, including Olympic gold medallist Aly Raisman, stood on stage hand-in-hand at the end of the award ceremony.
Three of Nassar’s victims Aly Raisman, Sarah Klein and Tiffany Thomas Lopez fronted the group, delivering a speech after accepting the award from actress Jennifer Garner.
“The ripple effect of our actions, or inactions, can be enormous, spanning generations. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of this nightmare is that it could have been avoided,” Raisman said.
“To all the survivors out there, don’t let anyone rewrite your story. Your truth does matter. You matter. And you are not alone.”
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“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.”
“Telling our story over and over again in graphic detail is not easy,” Sarah Klein added.
“It is gruelling and it is painful, but it is time.”