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Larry Nassar Sexual Abuse Survivors to Receive Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPY Awards 2018

ESPN is honoring the the hundreds of sexual assault survivors who spoke out against former USA Gymnastic and Michigan State University team doctor Larry Nassar at the 2018 ESPY Awards.

The sports network announced on Wednesday (May 16) that the “sister survivors” including Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and Gabby Douglas will be honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the awards show this summer.

“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,” said ESPN Vice President Alison Overholt.

Aly and many of the other survivors spoke at Larry‘s sentencing hearings earlier this year which led to the disgraced doctor being sentenced to up to 175 years in prison on multiple counts of sexual assault.

“For 25 years, the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage has been given to those who change the world in important ways, and the future will undoubtedly be different because of the actions of these heroic women,” said Maura Mandt, executive producer of the ESPYS. “This tribute will reflect the awe and admiration these individuals deserve.”

The 2018 ESPY Awards is set to air on Wednesday, July 18.

McKayla Maroney Opens Up About Being Tricked By Larry Nassar

McKayla Maroney is speaking out about being abused by Larry Nassar in an interview for the first time.

The 22-year-old Olympian bravely detailed how the abuse started and how it went on for years in her upcoming Dateline special.

“He said that nobody would understand this and the sacrifice that it takes to get to the Olympics, so you can’t tell people this. He didn’t say it in a way that was mean or anything like that,” McKayla shared.

She added, “I actually was like, ‘That makes sense, I don’t want to tell anybody about this.’ And I didn’t believe that they would understand.”

McKayla‘s full interview will air during a Dateline special on Sunday, April 22nd on NBC.

Watch a preview of her interview below…

McKayla Maroney Makes Rare Appearance, Speaks Out on Larry Nassar

McKayla Maroney makes a rare appearance on the red carpet while attending the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Luncheon on Tuesday afternoon (April 17) in New York City.

The 22-year-old Olympic gymnast opened up about the abuse she faced from doctor Larry Nassar and how the #MeToo movement inspired her to speak out.

“We knew that Larry was a monster, and learning from everything that has come out, I never should have met him. The USA Gymnastics, MSU and the USOC continued to look away to protect their reputations. All they cared about was money, medals, and it didn’t seem like there was anything else,” McKayla said (via Page Six).

She added, “The cool thing about social media is that so many people at that time were speaking up. I felt like, This is my moment.”

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McKayla Maroney Will Not Be Fined by USA Gymnastics if She Testifies Against Larry Nassar

McKayla Maroney can feel free to speak out at her alleged abuser Larry Nassar‘s sentencing hearing without worrying about a potential $100,000 fine from USA Gymnastics.

As part of her $1.25 million settlement with the organization in December 2016, the Olympian agreed to not publicly talk about the abuse she experienced.

After Chrissy Teigen and more celebs offered to pay for the fine if McKayla chose to speak out, USA Gymnastics released a statement to let people know they will not pursue a fine.

“USA Gymnastics has not sought and will not seek any money from McKayla Maroney for her brave statements made in describing her victimization and abuse by Larry Nassar, nor for any victim impact statements she wants to make to Larry Nassar at this hearing or at any subsequent hearings related to his sentencing,” the organization told USA Today. “This has been her right and USA Gymnastics encourages McKayla and anyone who has been abused to speak out. USA Gymnastics remains focused on our highest priority – the safety, health and well-being of our athletes and creating a culture that empowers and supports them.”

Kristen Bell & Susan Sarandon Offer to Chip in for McKayla Maroney's Potential $100,000 Fine

Chrissy Teigen received a ton of praise today (January 16) for offering to pay the potential $100,000 fine that McKayla Maroney faces if she testifies against accused abuser Larry Nassar at his sentencing hearing.

Now, Kristen Bell, Susan Sarandon, and Fremulon Insurance pension fund monitor Ken Tremendous have offered to chip in to split the fine with Chrissy.

“I’ll split it with you,” Ken wrote while quoting Chrissy‘s original tweet offering to pay the fine. Kristen added, “I’ll 1/3 it with you guys,” which led to Susan saying, “I’ll 1/4 it with you guys.”

McKayla faces the massive fine if she speaks in court as she signed an NDA that ordered her to stay quiet when she accepted a reported $1.25 million in a settlement from USA Gymnastics.