BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 11: Rachael Denhollander accepts the "Inspiration of the Year Award" onstage at Sports Illustrated 2018 Sportsperson of the Year Awards Show on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Tune in to NBCSN on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 9pmET to watch the one hour Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards special. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

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Kavanaugh Accuser Presents SI’s Inspiration Award to Nassar Victim

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford had a special message for Rachael Denhollander at the award ceremony.

A woman who refused to stay silent about abuse at the hands of a powerful man was presented with an award last night by another woman who knows that situation far too well.

Rachael Denhollander, who spotlighted the sexual abuse of former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar, was recognized with Sports Illustrated’s “Inspiration of the Year” award last night.

To make the recognition even more special, Denhollander received the award along with a video message from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

During Senate confirmation hearings on the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Dr. Ford came forward and alleged she was sexually assaulted by the then-nominee more than three decades ago.

“In stepping forward, you took a huge risk and you galvanized future generations to come forward even when the odds are seemingly stacked against them,” Dr. Ford said in the video. “The lasting lesson is that we all have the power to create real change and we cannot allow ourselves to be defined by the acts of others.”

Thanks to Denhollander and the other victims who came forward, Nassar will be spending the rest of his life in prison.

Read the full story at The Washington Post