Aly Raisman Writes 'Survivor' Across Her Chest for In Her Own Words

Carla Harmon
February 16, 2018

In the testimony she gave against Nassar earlier this year, the Olympic gold medallist said realising you're a survivor of sexual abuse is "really hard to put into words".

"For me, "In Her Own Words" serves as a reminder that we are all humans, we are all battling something, and it is ok to not be ok", Raisman explained.

Now, in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit's latest project In Her Own Words, Aly is proud to call herself a survivor.

The messages include "Women do not have to be modest to be respected", "Trust yourself" and "Every voice matters".

"I chose to be a part of the "In Her Own Words" project because I find the concept empowering", Aly told SI. "Awesome. Gutsy! Another kind of gold!"

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation condemned the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, which was released on Tuesday, saying it negatively impacts the #MeToo movement.

But Raisman has made her stance very clear: It doesn't matter what a woman wears (or in this case, doesn't wear) - a woman should feel empowered to assert herself, and no one has the right to abuse her. "I feel like all the girls in the world - anybody - should be able to express themselves the way that they want to and still be respected for it".

"Women can be intelligent, fierce, sexy, powerful, strong, advocate for change while wearing what makes them feel best", she writes.

Aly, who testified at his sentencing, posted the photo on Twitter and Instagram along with a message to fans.

"I think what she's demonstrating is her being courageous enough to have agency over her body and use it the way she wants it to be used, so it's about choice", said Monique Howard, executive director for Women Organized Against Rape.

The images, shot by Taylor Ballantyne for Sports Illustrated's new "In Her Words" series, come weeks after Raisman took the stand at the trial of former Team USA doctor and convicted pedophile Larry Nassar.

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