Aly Raisman leads 141 survivors receiving Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs

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The sexual assault victims of former US Olympic gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar gathered on the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the ESPY awards on Wednesday night, in a powerful display of solidarity.

Less than six months after the 54-year-old was given up to 175 years in prison for sexual assault on top of a separate sentence of 60 years jail for possessing child porn, 141 of Nassar's victims flooded the stage while Aly Raisman accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award on their behalf.

Crowd - 'sea - Bravery - Front - Number

The 24-year-old was sure to point out to the crowd that the 'sea of bravery' in front of them was not the full number of Nassar's victims.

Jennifer Garner presented Raisman with the honor, prefacing the tale of Nassar as an instance where 'the dream of being an athlete turns into a nightmare.'

Garner - Women - Horrors - Poise - Strength

Garner hailed the women who emerged forward to speak of the horrors they suffered as doing so 'with remarkable poise, unimaginable strength and unbelievable courage.'

'1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. These were the years we spoke up about Larry Nassar's abuse,' she solemnly told the crowd.

Years - 'You - Doctor - Risks

'All those years, we were told 'You were wrong, you misunderstood, he's a doctor, it's okay, 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 believed us.'

Raisman - Michigan - Judge - Rosemarie - Aquilina

Raisman went on to thank Michigan Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who stood tearfully in the crowd. She thanked her for helping the women: 'rediscover the power they possess'.

'You may never meet the hundreds of children you saved, but know they exist,' she said.

Aquilina - Nassar - Victims - Days - Impact

Aquilina allowed each of Nassar's victims to speak directly to him in days of victim impact statements, with nearly 200 deciding to do so,...
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