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Aly Raisman Encouraging Instagram Post

If You're Going Through a Hard Time, Aly Raisman Has an Encouraging Message For You

At the 2018 Glamour Women of the Year Awards on Nov. 11, Glamour honoured Aly Raisman, the sister survivors, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, assistant attorney general Angela Povilaitis, and police detective lieutenant Andrea Munford.

Testimonies from Aly and the rest of the survivors who came forward had an integral role in former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar's 175-year sentence for sexual abuse.

In a joint acceptance speech, Aly said, "I am so inspired by the brave and powerful women on stage with me tonight and I would like to thank them for everything they have done." She added, "Amazing things happen when women support women." Aly continued her message, encouraging the audience to "Make kindness and empathy your superpower."

In a recent Instagram post, Aly shared a portion of her speech for her followers. "For anyone going through a hard time, I want you to know I believe in you. Your story matters and it deserves to be heard," she said.

"Sometimes when you speak up people may try to silence you — don't let them. I know it's hard, but I encourage you to keep fighting until you find someone who will listen and believe you."

If you are a survivor of sexual assault and need help and resources, please call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673).

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