2012 Olympic Gold Medalist to Speak at Clinton School April 4

By Ashley McNatt

The free lecture is being hosted by the University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s ARBEST (Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma) program and the Clinton School of Public Service in connection with National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Harrison, who became the first American gold medalist in judo at the Summer Olympics in London in 2012, was sexually abused by her coach from the time she was 12 to 16. The coach was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2007. Harrison is now an advocate for children and adolescents, speaking out about her struggles and how she overcame them to reach the pinnacle of her sport.

Reserve your seats by emailing the Clinton School at publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or by calling (501) 683-5239.

Her book, “Fighting Back: What an Olympic Champion’s Story Can Teach Us about Recognizing and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse – and Helping Kids Recover,” will be available for purchase at the event and will be released nationally April 20.

“Kayla has become a symbol of success and encouragement for survivors of childhood sexual abuse,” said Teresa Kramer, Ph.D., director of the ARBEST program. “She has a remarkable message that will undoubtedly inspire us in our ongoing efforts to eliminate child maltreatment.”

Begun in 2009, the ARBEST program was developed to treat children who have been traumatized as well as to educate mental health professionals on the best interventions. For more information, visit http://arbest.uams.edu or Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma’s Facebook.

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