Cain Velasquez releases statement in support of sexual assault survivors organization


Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has released another statement, this time in support of a sexual assault survivors organization.

Velasquez, who was arrested on Feb. 28 on suspicion of attempted murder and other charges, directed fans to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), an anti-sexual violence non-profit. As April’s National Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Months come to an abrupt close, he wrote that “we must stand up and press for change”.

Velasquez, 39, remains in jail as he awaits his legal fate on an attempted murder charge that could net a life sentence plus 20 years. The ex-champ is accused of shooting into a vehicle carrying Harry Goularte, a man charged with molesting a close family relative, and ramming his vehicle into Goularte’s during a high-speed truck chase that stretched over 11 miles in Morgan Hill, Calif. During the alleged shooting, Goularte’s 63-year-old stepfather was struck once and hospitalized.

Goularte, who prosecutors say was accused by one victim of molesting him 100 times, had been granted supervised released by the court after being charged with multiple counts of lewd acts with a minor. He allegedly was on the way to pick up a monitoring device when the alleged shooting and chase occurred. Goularte’s lawyer has refuted the allegations and stated that the man was forced to hide.

Velasquez is still in Santa Clara County (Calif.), jail following a denial of bail. A judge characterized Velasquez’s actions as “extremely recklessness to life”. His attorneys requested to postpone his plea hearing.

Velasquez, in a prior statement thanked his supporters and asked, “The true victims of the case, may God grant you strength to come forward.” Although it can be difficult to live with the trauma that you have experienced, speaking truth will bring justice and healing to your soul .”

Dozens of MMA industry vets and fighters have declared their support for Velasquez, with several of his teammates at American Kickboxing Academy showing up to court.