The ESPYs took a powerful stand against sexual abuse by presenting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to the survivors of the Larry Nassar scandal.
Dozens of women from USA Gymnastics took the stage together in a show of strength, courage, and solidarity. The powerful gesture was praised around the internet.
@seals161 tweeted, “The #ESPYS2018 made an awesome statement tonight. Those ladies are the definition of courage.”
@MATTPIONTKOWSKI tweeted, “POWERFUL is an understatement. Lives were saved and more lives will be saved. To each and every one of those women, you’re incredible. #ESPYS #ESPY2018.”
Larry Nassar was a medical doctor from Team USA and Michigan State. In 2018, he was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing hundreds of young girls under his medical care over the course of two decades. Michigan State has already agreed to pay $425 million to 333 survivors of the Nassar scandal, with another $75 million set aside for survivors who’ve yet to come forward.
It is one of the biggest sexual abuse scandals in history. But despite the horrific crimes Nassar committed, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award recipients showed the world their courage and surely encouraged other survivors to keep persevering.