In a post-fight interview after her one-sided victory by decision against Yana Santos at “UFC San Antonio” on Saturday, UFC superstar Holly Holm gave a remarkable comment about the importance of fighting childhood sexualization. Watch:
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“Something that has come in my heart, and I feel like I have the platform to say it, I need to say it,” Holm said.
“I just feel it’s really sad, all the sexualization of our children, right now. And we need to protect them,” she added while drawing supportive cheers.
“Whatever that may be, protect the children, please,” she continued. “Do anything we can to help.”
After Holm’s fight, she explained in an interview with MMA Junkie why she made her comments.
“You used your post-fight speech to use a platform, I believe, to sort of speak out against the sexualization of children,” the reporter asked. “I’m curious if you wanted to use your platform again now to sort of go into further detail.”
“You know, there, there’s a lot of things,” Holm replied. “I don’t ever want to be — [I’m] not like a real political person. I don’t like to put that stuff on, on any of my social media or ’cause I think there’s just… but, there’s also just right and wrong.”
“And I feel like everybody should be on the same side on that,” she continued. “I don’t feel like that has anything to do with left side, right side or anything like that. I feel like everybody should be wanting to protect our children.”
“There’s a lot of child trafficking, and I mean, that’s like the extreme part… but there’s a lot of, a lot of levels to it,” she went on.
“You just see it almost being more accepted and I think that that’s really sad,” she added. “So I just feel like we should all do what we can.”
“I know, it’s like a lot of people don’t even know what to do,” she continued. “But if I can at least have a voice on it, and that’s something I can speak out on it, and it’s just to get everybody together to protect children.”
“Childhood really affects people in their long-term life too,” she said. “I have friends that are adults and their biggest thing… is this shadow, kind of that dark space in them, is being sexualized when they were young. And I just feel like it’s almost getting accepted.”
America needs more fighters like Holly Holm speaking out against childhood sexualization. It’s a tremendously difficult thing to talk about publicly. But with the help of brave people like Holm, we can bring the difficult subject, and all of the childhood sexualization victims, out of the dark and into the light.
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