Designed with #AerieREAL Role Model, Aly Raisman, for Darkness to Light. 100% of sales will be donated to this non-profit, which is committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse.
Aly Raisman is one of American Eagle’s first Aerie Role Models. For the breakout campaign, she stands alongside Yara Shahidi, Rachel Platten, and Iskra Lawrence. Each girl has chosen to partner with a charity of their choice, with Aerie helping to support them stand for the cause that is most dear to their heart. Aly’s charity is Darkness to Light, whose mission states that they are “committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse.” That said, Aly unequivocally supports anyone who feels as though they have experienced something that makes them feel alienated—or alone. The gymnast-turned-activist says, “I believe that we are all survivors of something, we are all battling something. Life is full of ups and downs. So instead of acting like our lives are perfect, let’s help each other out and support one another. We need to talk about what we’re going through in order to heal. It isn’t healthy to keep things bottled up. For anyone suffering in silence, please remember you deserve to be heard and you deserve to be safe. Abuse is never ever OK, period. Don’t let anyone ever tell you differently.” While Aly feels empowered by speaking out about her abuse, not everyone chooses to handle it in the same way, and it’s a personal choice.