The 24-year-old american Paige VanZant has in recent years been one of the most high-profile female UFC fighters.
Now she's on the street with a book, and to help other sex victims, she tells, among other things, how she as a 14-year-old was gang-raped by a group of boys at her highschool in Oregon.
- They move around on me. They change my position. I can not make resistance, and my limbs feel like wet cement - a thick fog has arisen in my head, she writes in the book Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life according to mmafighting.com.
- I am awake and conscious, but my body feels dead. I know what happens, but I can't stop it. I have no voice, no choice and all I can do is to give in and pray that it is soon to be over, reads it.
With the rape followed the more unpleasant experiences, and the girl, formerly known as Paige Sletton was bullied and called 'Paige Slutton', and so she had to eventually change the name.
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find peace in violence.
- The most difficult thing for me was the bullies. It sent me just further down, that no one was there for me, she says.
the Reason, she tells openly about mobberierne and the role of sex-victim is that she hopes that it may help others in the same situation.
- It gets me almost to feel that everything I went through was worth it. I went through it for a reason. If the book is changing someone's life for the better, so it was not completely pointless and terrible. So it was not a tragedy, she says.
Paige VanZants was in 2016 with the u.s. version of dancing with the stars, where she was number two. She won six of her first seven MMA fights including three in the UFC, but has suffered two defeats in a row.
Paige VanZant has besides MMA-the sport also the blue belt in brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In addition, she is former model and has worked for Nike and Columbia Sportswear. Her fiance is Austin Vanderford, who also is a professional MMA fighting.
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