UFC star Paige VanZant is sharing one of the most painful and traumatic experiences in her life in her new book, “Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life.”
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VanZant is claiming she was brutally gang raped in high school by a group of boys who got her drunk and then took turns sexually assaulting her.
“They move me around,” VanZant wrote, according to excerpts published by 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. 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,” she continued.
VanZant said she was the target of relentless bullying after the gang rape. Her original name, Paige Sletton, turned into “Paige Slutton” at school, she said. This led her to change her last name to VanZant.
In an interview with MMA Fighting on Monday, Van Zant explained why she felt it was finally time to share her story with the world.
“It got to the point where it was like, you know, it’s time for me to share it. I guess being on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and being on all these shows and I kept being asked about it, I guess it was time to just be very transparent,” she said. “If I was gonna say anything and be open about it, the best way to do it is to write it down in a book and let people read it.”
That wasn’t her only childhood struggle, though. She opened up about overcoming adversity in a recent interview with “Good Morning America.”