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‘Why I took a stand’: Tayla Harris and her parents speak out about abuse and threats over photo


AFLW principal particular person and professional boxer Tayla Harris and her of us maintain unfolded regarding the score abuse and bodily threats she obtained over a issue of her kicking a operate.

Key points:

  • Tayla Harris says just a few of the feedback about her on social media made her “feel physically unwell”
  • Her father Warren Harris says he wished to “rep these of us and demonstrate why they mustn’t be talking to my daughter in this intention”
  • Harris says she is talking out to back withhold females in sport

The issue displaying Harris kicking the opening operate in opposition to the Western Bulldogs in a sport closing year used to be swamped by abusive and sexist feedback after it used to be posted on the Seven Community’s social media accounts.

“Just a few of the feedback made me feel physically unwell. They are disgusting as your wildest imagination,” Harris told 7.30.

Her father Warren Harris acknowledged he came across the bodily threats made in opposition to his daughter “in fact tough”.

“I’m no longer a large social media selection of particular person, so I did no longer study the plan in which execrable it got till in a while. Lisa [Harris’s mother] saw grand extra of it than I did,” he acknowledged.

Warren and Lisa Harris sit down aspect by aspect carrying t-shirts.
Tayla Harris’s of us Warren and Lisa.(ABC News: Christopher Gillette)

“To uncover you might well perhaps moreover maintain of us asserting threatening issues to your daughter and harmful to show up on the sphere and carry out this and that, you only are looking to — she handled it seriously higher than I’d maintain.

“My natural map task used to be to search out these of us and demonstrate why they mustn’t be talking to my daughter in this intention.

“Lisa will portray you it hurt her loads because she takes those issues deeper than I carry out.”

Harris’s of us maintain been on the game at Whitten Oval in Melbourne’s interior west the day the issue used to be taken.

“As we got off the plane in Brisbane that is when the entire messages began to come as soon as more thru,” Lisa Harris acknowledged.

“I knew how execrable it used to be. We couldn’t come as soon as more there for but some other few days and it used to be abominable.”

‘Why I took a stand’

Tayla Harris wears a crimson and blue jacket.
Tayla Harris says there need to be a dialog about what came about.(ABC News: Chris Gillett)

Harris acknowledged she spoke out publicly within the media regarding the incident to back withhold females in sport.

“It used to be an leisurely dialog that needed to happen,” she acknowledged.

“Does that affect the uptake of footy at a younger age? Does a girl no longer are looking to play AFLW because they don’t are looking to contend with that?

“There is of us in these pictures of the commenters, which shall be making these feedback, with younger girls, or higher halves, or girlfriends or sisters and you marvel what’s going down leisurely the scenes.

“That’s why I took a stand in opposition to it.

“I did no longer judge I needed to face up for myself. I felt admire I needed to face up for a entire bigger station.

“I refuse to factor in it goes to’t get better and that of us cannot change into extra civil, and good to every diversified.”

Harris has written a e book about her journey known as Extra Than A Kick.

She hoped it’d be “a resource for teenagers to repeat to me and my scenario and there might be some advice within the occasion you are going thru bullying or harassment online”.

“The one ingredient I are looking to ogle back on the pause of my profession is no longer if I kicked the most objectives, or took a upright tag, it is that I was ready to type a obvious affect on of us,” she acknowledged.

Warren Harris acknowledged his daughter used to be no longer terrorized about popularity or fortune.

“She’d give all that away to judge she helped someone else,” he acknowledged.

‘Lifestyles is no longer going to switch your intention the entire time’

AFLW principal particular person Tayla Harris on the disclosing of a prototype statue.
Tayla Harris on the disclosing of a prototype of her statue.(AAP: David Crosling)

Harris’s kick has now been immortalised in bronze.

Warren Harris acknowledged “the entire statue ingredient used to be very no longer easy” for his daughter.

“Other folks did no longer rather understand at that stage the statue wasn’t set up thanks to her carrying ability or her soccer or her anything,” he acknowledged.

“That used to be set up so of us might well moreover sigh at that deadline someone took a stand in opposition to those of us online bullying diversified of us and doubtlessly pushing those of us to suicide.”

Harris acknowledged she credit a great deal of her success to her mother and father.

“They introduced me as a lot as clutch existence is no longer going to switch your intention the entire time,” she acknowledged.

“They would drive me to each coaching session, pay for the entire footy groups I was in, uniforms.

“I’m certain they’d sigh any mother or father would carry out it but any mother or father would no longer carry out it. Plenty of of us are no longer appealing to speculate that grand in their younger of us.”

Harris would maintain played within the finals earlier this year but the 2020 AFLW season ending upfront in consequence of coronavirus.

“We are going to adapt,” she acknowledged.

“After coronavirus the entirety will receive affected. Literally the entirety on this planet goes to maintain an affect in some intention.

“By intention of sport, AFL and AFLW and grassroots and native footy are all going to receive affected. By intention of funding, the entirety will have interaction a success.”

Peek this story tonight on 7.30.

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