UFC’s Paige VanZant opens up about being raped and bullied in high school

As a successful mixed martial arts fighter, Paige VanZant has shown that she’s more than capable of handling attacks in the Octagon. But as a teenager in high school, she felt miserably isolated and under siege to the point of contemplating suicide, and she is opening up about her experiences of being raped and bullied.

“When you’re in that position, when you’re feeling that much pain,” she said on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, “it’s not that you want to die. You just don’t want to be in pain anymore.”

The 24-year-old UFC strawweight, who recounted her tale of overcoming a difficult childhood in a new book, “Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life,” said that her time in an Oregon high school was “bad enough that I had to run into the bathroom, and I’d eat my lunch on the toilet … because I just felt too scared to eat lunch in the cafeteria.”

Her longing for acceptance led her to a party when she was a 14-year-old freshman, at which she said some boys got her drunk and then raped her. “They move me around,” VanZant wrote (via MMA Fighting). “They change my position. I fail each time I try to resist, my limbs like wet cement on my body, my brain a heavy fog.


Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2018/04/10/ufcs-paige-vanzant-opens-up-about-being-raped-and-bullied-in-high-school/

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