On Wednesday, July 18, in Los Angeles, athletes were awarded – the award ceremony for The ESPYS was held at the Microsoft Theater. Many show business stars did not miss this event, but the most memorable moment of the ceremony was not due to their appearance on the red carpet.
The most emotional episode of The ESPYS this year was the release of more than 140 ex-gymnasts, who at a young age were victims of a rapist-doctor Larry Nassar, sentenced to 175 years in prison for the crimes he committed for ten years.
Let’s remind, last year many people joined the Me Too movement, including former members of the US women’s gymnastics team. So, Makkaila Maroni, who won the gold medal of the 2012 Olympic Games in the team championship, told a terrible story about the doctor of the women’s national team Larry Nassare.
The accusations against him were made by 156 gymnasts, who told about the depraved and violent actions of Nassar. As a result, the court sentenced him to 175 years in prison. At yesterday’s ceremony at the Microsoft Theater many of the doctor’s victims took to the stage to receive the Arthur Asha award for courage.
Victims of Larry Nassar took to the stage during the ceremony The ESPYS
Within a few minutes the athletes who survived the violence at a young age stepped onto the stage, and the whole hall stood up, welcoming them. Actress Jennifer Garner introduced women on stage as “an army that came here to be heard.”
We stand on stage to show the world a portrait of those who survived,
Said Sarah Klein.
Sara thanked the representatives of justice who helped put Nassar behind bars and said that it was time to start caring for the safety of children more than about the reputation of an adult. Recall, during the investigation revealed that American sports officials for many years covered the doctor.