Kayla Harrison

I know how to win.
–Kayla Harrison 

Kayla Harrison is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo. During training as a young teen, she was sexually abused by her coach. Harrison wrote a book, Fighting Back, and founded the Fearless Foundation to empower survivors of abuse to “find their mastery.”  

 

What does it take to expose and prevent abuse? 

Kayla Harrison

Kayla Harrison

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Bonus content

More to think about: Title IX is about more than sports. It protects students on and off the field. What impact is Title IX having at your school?

Hundreds of Title IX cases are currently under investigation at schools across the country. Use the list below to check out the open cases near you.

Source: Department of Education

Visual description

You are presently next to a square column that is in front of the long wall case that comprises the first part of this exhibit titled We Belong Here that marks the 50th anniversary of Title 9. Wrapped around two sides of the column is a photograph of Kayla Harrison, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo. Her long blond hair is tied up in a tousled ponytail. She is barefoot and wearing the traditional judo uniform in white: ankle length pants and a robe tied with a cotton belt. She is rising to her feet and shouting with excitement after defeating her opponent—who is dressed in a blue uniform and lying prone behind her. Harrison, who has triumphed over the sexual abuse she endured at the hands of her coach when she was a teenager, seeks to empower other survivors. Behind her photograph is a splash of red–like quickly brushed paint. And above is a quote from her: I know how to win. Above that is a sketch of a banner that reads: hashtag ME TOO.

Many of the objects in this exhibition have been scanned in 3D!
 
Check them out at Smithsonian 3D Digitization