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A Massachusetts beauty pageant winner gave up her crown Saturday after a host made a joke about the #MeToo movement.
Maude Gorman, 24, who was the reigning Miss Plymouth County beauty queen and a survivor of sexual assault, resigned from the Miss Massachusetts Miss America Organization competition over a joke made about the women’s movement. The emcee was referencing the removal of the swimsuit competition, according to the Boston Globe.
The article goes on to state the following:
The host did a skit last week with someone portraying God. The host, a woman, asks why Miss America officials would get rid of the swimsuit competition. The person held up a sign reading “#MeToo.”
Mocking a movement that empowers sexual assault survivors is “inappropriate” especially by a “women’s empowerment organization,” Gorman said.
“It was heartbreaking to hear. In that moment, everything collapsed right in front of me,” Gorman told the Globe, adding that she was backstage at the time the remarks were made.
The Miss America organization apologized in a Facebook post.
Today, I officially resigned from the title of Miss Plymouth County 2018. While I’m grateful for the opportunities that @missamerica creates for young women, I am also internally conflicted; as the #metoo movement was mocked on stage during the final competition of Miss Massachusetts. As both a survivor, and advocate for victims rights and sexual violence on a whole, I refuse to stand idly by and simply “let this go”. Instead, I will stand up for every individual who has ever had the courage to speak out; and for every person who felt liberated by the #metoo movement. I will not allow ANYONE to take away that empowerment and liberation, or make it anything less than what it is: AMAZING. #metoo #missplymouthcounty #nomore #rainn #surviveandthrive
Sometimes doing the right thing, is doing the hard thing. For every survivor who has ever had the courage to speak out; this is for you. Tune into @nbc10boston at 11 PM to hear my exclusive interview about giving up my crown with @missamerica. #survivorandthriver #takeastand #mao #missplymouthcounty #nomore #metoo #everyvoicematters #minetoo #takeastand
I woke up this morning to find that my recent interview with @nbcnews went national. Here are a few things you might not know about my work in advocacy: • I’ve helped built houses with my bare hands for survivors of violence • I’ve advocated to elected officials ranging from local Mayors, to State Governors, and even staff at the White House; including the White House Advisor on Violence against Women. •I’ve spoken at national, and international conferences in an effort to speak out more specifically on the effects of trauma on youth. •I’ve worked with several shelters and homes that offer survivors a safe haven in their transition away from abuse •I’ve partnered with leading hospitals, such as MassGeneral for Children, to provide children seeking emergency treatment for sexual abuse a tote bag of resources (including a change of clothes, teddy bear, coloring books, etc) •I’ve published articles sharing my story, in hopes of inspiring others to do the same; and preventing years of painful secrecy • I’ve had my research on sexual violence shared with child life development specialists of the United States Navy at Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia • I’ve presented at seminars with the Uniformed Victim Advocates of the United States Coast Guard at Base Boston • I’ve advocated for the passing of several bills benefiting survivors of sexual violence • I’ve spoken at rallies, protests, and led walks for justice • I’ve volunteered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness as a public policy associate in an effort to stand up for those suffering from PTSD, and depression; just as I have •I’ve met with colleges and universities to discuss response procedures, and have ran awareness campaigns with both RAINN and Start By Believing * I’ve volunteered as a Rape Crisis Counselor, and acted as a Youth Ambassador for the Youth Access to Support Services program with the Center for Hope and Healing And there is still so much more work to be done, there is still so much more progress to be made, and justice to be found. I will continue to fearlessly defend survivors, and be the voice for those suffering in secrecy. You are not alone #metoo
The world can be a challenging (and scary) place to be yourself; from inadvertently comparing yourself to others, to fear of judgement, and even people telling you what you should and shouldn’t be; self-love and acceptance can often feel like an uphill battle. For me, one of the most frequent critiques I’ve faced in life is to “look taller”. I’m 5 feet tall and it seems I have a taste for everything deemed “impossible” for shorter girls; from pageants to jumping over 10-foot walls, height would probably help me out a bit, yes. But, if there’s anything I’ve learned, it is to EMBRACE my size and be PROUD of it; my body can do incredible things, and to me, that’s more amazing than having a few extra inches. So what prompted this post? I’m currently shopping for an evening gown for Miss Massachusetts and a lot of what I hear is “this gown will make you look taller”, but who says I WANT to look taller? I want to be me, and oh well, I’m short 🤷🏼♀️ you don’t need to be anything you are not to accomplish your goals; be true to you, be confident in who you are, and the rest will fall into place. Miss America is not a height competition, and I hope to show everyone that being short is not a hindrance on your ability to achieve. #proudlypintsized #missplymouthcounty #mao #strongisbeautiful #shortisbeautiful #7seasroasting #rxathlete #rxstrengthtraining
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