Arthur Ashe Courage Award Recipients
To all the survivors out there, don't let anyone rewrite your story. Your truth does matter. You matter. And you are not alone.
This week’s #ChangeMaker award goes to the survivors who, in Aly Raisman’s words, became “a force” against Larry Nassar. In a court case that lasted seven days, 156 women testified against him after he'd spent decades abusing these women as a USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor. While their claims were ignored for some time, the women who received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award on July 18th at the ESPY’swould not go quietly into the night. Instead, they owned the power of their stories, turning the conversation about their experiences to one that gave credence to their strength as survivors, rather than placing attention solely on their abuser.
While only survivors Aly Raisman, Sarah Klein and Tiffany Thomas Lopez spoke onstage of their experiences, they were joined onstage and off by survivors of sexual assault from across the world. Their courage opens doors for more survivors to come forward and makes it more acceptable for them to speak out. They closed with a call to action, inviting other survivors to speak up and be believed so that abusers like Nassar are no longer able to spread their abuse across generations. These sister survivors are beyond brave. And we are proud to join the ESPYs and others in recognizing their inspiring and #Changemaking acts of courage.