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Miss Massachusetts Contestant Resigns Her Title Over Pageant's Skit Mocking #MeToo!

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Maude Gorman may no longer be competing for the title of Miss Massachusetts — but she’s already won our hearts!
The beauty queen — and badass CrossFit athlete — resigned her title as Miss Plymouth County last week after an offensive sketch mocked the #MeToo Movement.
Apparently while Miss America at large is leaving the swimsuit competition behind, many local pageants leading up to it are reluctant to drop the portion.
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In a skit during the final competition of Miss Massachusetts, a contestant praying to God says she can’t understand why swimsuits had to go, and God responds “Me Too” — to boisterous applause.
See the ugh moment for yourself (below):

But Maude Gorman was not clapping.
She told CNN it was at that moment backstage that she decided she no longer wanted to be a part of the organization:

“I instantly knew I had to do something. It was going to eat away at me if I didn’t… we were all shocked. We said, ‘Oh my god. I cannot believe that just happened. Did that just really happen?’
I wasn’t comfortable staying as Miss Plymouth County. It went against everything I have worked hard for. I was Miss Massachusetts World in 2015. I saw myself as a leader in the community and made appearances to speak out about sexual assault and tell my story.”

Maude was gang raped at only 13 years old. She remained silent about the incident for three years, developing PTSD. She now bravely shares her story to help others who are suffering in silence.
That’s why, as she said in her post announcing her resignation that she could not just “let it 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.”

See her entire, inspiring message on Instagram (below):

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 #surviveandthriveA post shared by Maude Gorman 🇺🇸 (@maudernliving) on Jul 5, 2018 at 9:03am PDT

And just on Sunday, when her story was getting more national coverage, she shared even more about the work more important to her than any crown:

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 #metooA post shared by Maude Gorman 🇺🇸 (@maudernliving) on Jul 8, 2018 at 4:52am PDT

Miss Massachusetts organization apologized for offending on its Facebook page immediately after the event.
But that doesn’t erase the sound of an auditorium collectively scoffing at women being brave in the face of sexual assault.
Maude told CNN she’s happy to focus on athletics and advocacy:

“I am done with pageants. I don’t see myself competing again. I am happy with leaving the pageant world behind me.”

Good for you, gurl!
If you want consistent inspiration from Maude, we highly recommend following her on IG HERE!
[Image via Instagram.]

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