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"A portrait of survival": Nassar survivors presented with the ESPY's Ashe Courage Award

Survivors of Larry Nassar
Jodi Westrick and Emma Winowiecki
Michigan Radio
Survivors of Larry Nassar

More than a hundred "sister survivors" took the stage at the ESPY Awards last night to accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. They represented just a fraction of the women and girls who survived the sexual abuse of former sports doctor Larry Nassar. 

Since Rachael Denhollander came forward with her story in September 2016, more than 300 women and girls have bravely told their stories of abuse. 


During the ceremony, 140 of the survivors took to the ESPY's stage to accept the Ashe Award of Courage, named for African-American tennis player Arthur Ashe. Survivors Sarah Klein, Tiffany Thomas Lopez, and Aly Raisman spoke on behalf of all the survivors.

For three emotional weeks in January and February, more than 175 women and girls gave victim impact statements at two sentencing hearings for Nassar. As the powerful testimonies continued, more and more women were empowered to come forward. 

You can hear some of their stories below:

"We have a voice now." Listen to the survivors of Larry Nassar

The day a young gymnast tried to tell MSU about sexual abuse

No longer alone, some of Nassar's accusers find support together

What the parents of Larry Nassar's victims want you to understand

Emma is a communications specialist with the digital team at Michigan Radio. She works across all departments at Michigan Radio, with a hand in everything from digital marketing and fundraising to graphic design and website maintenance. She also produces the station's daily newsletter, The Michigan Radio Beat.
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