UFC fighter Paige VanZant reveals in her book, “Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life” that she was bullied and gang raped in high school. The book comes out Tuesday and goes into graphic detail about the incident.
VanZant reveals that at 14 a group of fellow high schoolers got her drunk at a party and gang raped her.
Via MMA Fighting:
VanZant, 24, went into some graphic details about being attacked. While in high school in her native Oregon, she wrote that boys got her drunk at a party and several of them raped her when she could not defend herself.
“They move me around,” VanZant wrote. 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. I am awake and conscious, but my body feels dead. I know what is happening but can do nothing to stop it. I have no voice or choice but to submit and pray that it ends soon.”
VanZant said during the sensitive parts of the book she spoke to a ghost writer, who took down her account of things. That was by design.
VanZant is hoping to use the book to become an advocate for anti-bullying. Why not? She’s certainly been able to beat bullying herself.
Not only has she turned her passion for MMA into a UFC career, she’s branched out into modelling, television and now writing.