July 11, 2018 11:35 IST

Miss Plymouth County gives back crown after #MeToo joke

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Miss Plymouth County gave up her title following a skit performance at the Miss Massachusetts beauty competition mocking the #MeToo movement. Maude Gorman who said she was gang raped when she was 13, told CNN that when she heard the joke she "instantly knew I had to do something. It was going to eat away at me if I didn't". Gorman took to her Instagram to write about her experience.She wrote, " 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". Credit: Instagram/maudernliving
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She said: 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. Credit: Instagram/maudernliving
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Gorman won the title of Miss Massachusetts in 2015 following which she opened up about her rape and her struggle with PTSD as a teenager. Credit: Instagram/maudernliving