MMA fighter Kay Hansen looks to help people dealing with sexual assault by revealing her own story in a new YouTube documentary.
Former UFC fighter Kay Hansen is giving fans a looking into her personal life in a new YouTube documentary. Released on Tuesday, the video shows the struggles that she had to overcome in her personal life dealing with subjects of rape and sexual assault. In sharing her story, Hansen hopes to inspire others and give hope to those in similar situations.
The film entitled “Diary: Kay Hansen” not only shows Hansen’s journey in MMA but the journey of escaping a past that was filled with trauma. The 23-minute-long film can be seen on the Invicta Fighting Championship YouTube channel.
Kay Hansen reveals a childhood filled with abuse and fear in a new documentary
The film was created and directed by Jorge Barbosa with the help of Cynthia Vance, Mark Johnston, and many others. Hansen shared some thoughts about the intimate piece on her social media when the video was released.
“This documentary was a big step for me, not necessarily as a fighter, but as a person. My successes and struggles have all been in the public eye for many years, but everyone has a story behind the scenes,” she wrote. “I was raped/SA by my father as a teenager for years. Fighting/training was my escape, and the only form of reality I really had control over.”
Hansen spoke about her difficult childhood and about having to overcome an abusive father. She recounts what led her to MMA and why now, she feels the need to continue on her journey in hopes to inspire others.
“I never spoke up about the abuse I endured due to the fear of repercussions that may follow. I tell my story, not to “help people get to know me,” but to use the platform my sport has given me to inspire courage in someone who is, or once was, in a similar situation,” she wrote. “Sexual abuse is far too common, but often times swept under the rug. You do not have to go through this alone. You deserve peace and justice. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Hansen joined the UFC back in 2020. After three losses in the organization, she was released and re-joined Invicta FC. She does not yet have a fight booked since signing a multi-fight contract.