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A look at Breanna Stewart’s year of empowerment, success

A look at Breanna Stewart’s year of empowerment, success

After the year she’s had, it’s fitting that UConn alum Breanna Stewart felt the need to tweet lyrics to an Ariana Grande song that’s become an anthem of female empowerment and positivity.

Stewart has had a banner year, winning a WNBA championship, snagging multiple MVP awards and gracing the pages of various magazines. She’s solidified herself as a star athlete, taken on a new role as an ambassador for an anti-sexual violence organization, and taken control of her own story of survival.

If 2017 was defined by Stewart’s story in The Players Tribune revealing she was sexually abused by a relative’s husband as a child, 2018 was defined by the steps she took to take ownership of her story, her body and her voice. She made the decision to keep telling her story, pushing for a more open discourse surrounding sexual assault in hopes of helping others.

“This is my life, and obviously I’m trying to be the best I can be on the basketball court, but also how can I let my life experiences help other people who are going through other experiences and kids that right now are in the same position that I am? It’s unfortunate, but it does still happen,” Stewart said in July.

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