Over 200 survivors of felony-convicted sexual predator, Larry Nassar, will be honored for their courageous acts as they vocalized their truth during the highly sensitive USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal and helped to convict him after decades of child abuse dating back to 1992.
During a live broadcast of the exquisite ESPY Awards on July 18th, those affected by Nassar’s heinous crimes will be honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and represented by Aly Raisman, captain of the 2012 US Olympic Gold-Medalist team coined the Fierce Five. According to ESPN, “Recipients (of the award) reflect the spirit of Arthur Ashe, possessing strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost.”
Considered the greatest American gymnast to have ever lived, Biles’ conquest of three consecutive world championships and five Olympic medals, ignited her claim of the top spot. Some of Biles’ predecessors in coming forward about their abuse include members of the Fierce Five; Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney. Many of the young women and girls that endured the abuse were as young as 13 years old when it began. Lindsay Lemke, a rising star at Michigan State University, declared she was abused over 600 times by Nassar.
These brave athletes, including male survivor Jacob Moore, will join the likes of Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela and Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, in receiving one of the most prestigious honors in sports.