Tonya Harding to speak at fundraiser for UO Domestic Violence Clinic


    Figure Skating Champion and two-time Olympian Tonya Harding talks with KATU's Steve Dunn at the Mountain View Ice Arena about her thoughts on the recent film 'I, Tonya,' her life - past, present and future, and about how she channeled her rough past into a positive. Tonya also hints of a 'big announcement' in the near future. (KATU News/Tristan Fortsch taken 3-13-2018)

    EUGENE, Ore. - Former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding will speak Thursday night at the 20th Anniversary Gala and Fundraiser for the Domestic Violence Clinic at the University of Oregon School of Law.

    "Tonya Harding, a survivor of family violence, shares her story of family violence as the featured speaker," organizers said. "Music from Jazz Arts Oregon and a performance by the award winning UO Acapella group Divisi round out a fun evening of fundraising for The Domestic Violence Clinic."

    The clinic served 275 survivors of sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence last year as part of its mission to provide free legal services to the campus community and low-income members of the community.

    The clinic also serves to train law students "to be effective advocates for survivors."

    Harding was the subject of the Oscar-winning biopic "I, Tonya" which documented her childhood abuse at the hands of her mother.

    Margot Robbie portrayed Harding in the movie.

    "Everybody always thought when you grow up with such a monster, that you'll probably be like them a little bit," Harding told journalist Steve Dunn in 2018. "I'm totally the opposite. I will not be like that whatsoever. My son is my precious gift and I love him with all my heart."

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