Stories

“I wish I would have known”

I wish I would have known the atrocities that people in positions of trust are capable and willing to commit. I wish I would have known that not everyone has my good intentions toward others or my concern for others’ well-being. I wish I would have known that there are ...
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“Does anyone hear what I’m saying?”

When I first moved to a new city, I was struggling to make friends. Work was demanding, long hours, and somewhat toxic. It was my first time living near a big city, and I felt uneasy after some of the stories I heard. One lady I met was robbed outside ...
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Victim Statement

Sir, thank you for the opportunity for us to all meet in person today. Also thank you for the opportunity to speak. Because there was enough evidence without my testimony, this is really the first time for me to speak publicly. I wanted to have a moment to say out ...
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The Facebook IBJJF champ, the coach, the training partner

I will start with my first one. It’s the more graphic one and the one that haunts me most. I was a 1 year white belt at the time, fully into Açaí, IBJJF, and also wanting to be the next UFC champion. I wanted it all and I was full ...
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Inappropriate tournament staff comments

A year or so ago I competed in a tournament. No other women signed up at my belt level so I was paired with a higher belt who was only competing in no-gi. We were the only higher belt women’s match (purple and brown), and we competed together twice in ...
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Shut Up and Train: A 2020 Global Survey of Sexual Harassment and Assault in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Community

Nearly a year ago, an anonymous contributor posted a survey on Facebook and Reddit asking about sexual harassment and sexual assault in the BJJ community. Over 1500 people responded from around the world, and we are happy to finally provide you with the results. For the executive summary, click here. To ...
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