WASHINGTON (USA TODAY)--Their courageous testimonies were catapulted onto the national stage as convicted serial sex abuser Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison at the beginning of the year.
Now, the more than 150 sexual abuse survivors who read impact statements to help convict the former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor are being honored on the ESPYs stage as collaborative winners of the 2018 Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
The prestigious honor also has gone to Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela and Billie Jean King, among others.
"We are honored to recognize the courage of these women. ... 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 vice president Alison Overholt said in a statement released Wednesday.
"They have shown us all what it truly means to speak truth to power, and through their bravery, they are making change for future generations.
By honoring this group who spoke out, we aim to honor all of those who are survivors of abuse."
The ESPYs telecast will air July 18 (ABC, 8 p.m. ET)