"All those years we were told 'You are wrong". An official OU women's gymnastics Twitter account then shared a video as a tribute to Nichols' bravery. "We are honored to recognize the courage of these women at The 2018 ESPYS, to acknowledge the power of their voices, and to shine a very well-deserved spotlight on what speaking up, fighting back, and demanding accountability can accomplish", ESPN's Alison Overholt said in a news release.
Sarah Klein, Nassar's first known victim, spoke to the audience, saying "Make no mistake, we're here on this stage to present an image for the world to see". "We are here on this stage. a portrait of survival".
"Speaking up is not easy.it's grueling and it's painful, but it is time", she said.
A total of 141 female athletes, including Aly Raisman, gymnast Jordyn Wieber, Tiffany Thomas Lopez and Sarah Klein, were representatives for all the survivors who spoke out about the abuse they endured by their team doctor, Larry Nassar, over the past decades.
Another victim added, "You can not silence the strong forever". "These were the years we spoke up about Larry Nassar's abuse", she said. The six-time Olympic medal victor, including two golds in the team competition, added, "For too long, we were ignored, and you helped us rediscover the power we each possess".
"To all the survivors out there, don't let anyone rewrite your story", said Raisman, who won two golds in London 2012 and one more in Rio 2016.
"You are not alone".
She described how important it is to speak out - even when no one listens. "I don't know, I bumbled my way through the way anyone would, but it is, it's just really important to keep the conversation going". We've all been through something really terrible, but we're all gonna get through it together. "I think that's such an empowering feeling - knowing you're not alone".
Nassar was essentiallysentenced to life in prison - twice - for sexual assault crimes, along with getting 60 years in his child porn case. You misunderstood. He's a doctor. "You took an oath to do no harm, and you harmed over 256 women, and that is beyond comprehension", Michigan Judge Janice Cunningham told Nassar at the time of his sentencing in February.
Authorities said Nassar abused more than 260 women and girls.
Nassar had to sit there and listen to them all.
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