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Jenn Gibbons rows into Chicago homecoming

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Associated Press

A Chicago woman who completed her 1,500-mile trip around Lake Michigan despite being sexually assaulted along the way is back at home and plans to share her experiences by writing a book.

Jenn Gibbons rowed into Chicago on Tuesday and cried with happiness when she saw members of the rowing team she co-founded for breast cancer survivors cheering her on from shore.

Gibbons was sexually assaulted six weeks ago by a man who crept aboard her boat in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She says she expects writing a book will help her heal from the experience.

Gibbons adds that she was overwhelmed by the support she's gotten, including a Chicago flag given to her by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel with the words "You've got this" written on it.

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