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Survivors of convicted sexual abuser and sports doctor Larry Nassar accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the conclusion of the ESPY awards show on Wednesday night.
“We spoke all those years,” said U.S. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman in her acceptance speech as dozens of other survivors stood behind her.
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“We were told, ‘You are wrong. You misunderstood, He’s a doctor. It’s okay. Don’t worry, we’ve got it covered. Be careful, there are risks involved,'” she continued. “The intention? To silence us in favor of money, medals and reputation. We persisted and finally someone listened and believed us … 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.”
The group represented more than 140 athletes and former athletes abused by Nassar during his tenure with USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.
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Lawyer Rachael Denhollander, 32, was the first woman to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual abuse. She was one of twelve women...
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