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Olympic gold medalist to talk to students at Swampscott High about sexual abuse

Posted by Terri Ogan  March 19, 2013 02:57 PM

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Olympic gold medalist in the women's judo competition, Kayla Harrison.

Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison will talk to Swampscott High School students about her experiences with sexual abuse and how she persevered through them.

The event, which is set for Tuesday April 23 at 10 a.m. in the Swampscott High School auditorium, is hosted by the North Shore organization Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC), as part of its ongoing effort to educate the community about abuse.

Harrison, who was the first American to win the gold medal in the women’s judo competition in last year’s summer Olympics, also serves as the honorary chair of HAWC’s annual Walk/Run event happening in May.

The 22-year-old has spoken out widely about being the victim of sexual abuse by her former judo coach as a teenager.

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