More and more women are coming forward with stories about how they were sexually harassed or assaulted by men in their lives. They may not have felt comfortable coming forward when the events happened, for fear of being blacklisted or flat out not being believed. But after the #metoo Twitter movement, and the takedown of Harvey Weinstein and other men who abused their power, a growing number of people are speaking out about these sorts of experiences.
One of those women is Melissa Schuman, a former member of the girl group Dream.
Melissa wrote a blog post detailing her story and posted it to her Twitter account on Saturday.
She wrote, “I’m not afraid anymore
#metoo“. She told the graphic story of where she says that Nick Carter, former member of the group Backstreet Boys, assaulted her when she was just 18 years old. She titled the piece, “Don’t Worry, I won’t tell anybody.”
She started off by saying that she tried to talk about the story after it happened, but wasn't able to.
“I am about to share something that I’ve wanted to pretend never happened since I was 18. A burden I thought I’d have to carry for the rest of my life and suffer in silence.
“For those who do read this story, I know will ask, like any other victim of rape or assault, why I never came forward earlier. And the truth is, I tried.
“A short amount of time passed after the incident, I confided in my then manager, Nils Larsen, that I wanted to come forward. He heard me out and said he would do some investigation and would try to find me a good attorney as I intended to press charges.
“He later informed me that my abuser, who’s [sic] name I will disclose later in this article, had the most powerful litigator in the country.”
"He was right," Melissa wrote. She didn't have the money or social status to name her abuser and still be able to continue with her career.
“I didn’t have the money, the clout or access to an attorney who was powerful enough to stand up against my abuser’s legal counsel. I was told I would likely be buried in humiliation, accused of being fame hungry, and it would ultimately hurt me professionally as well as publicly. I was focused on building a career and name for myself at the time and I didn’t want what he did to further affect my life and future.”
When the incident occurred, Melissa was working on a made-for-tv movie with Nick Carter.
Nick invited Melissa and her friend over to his apartment. They played video games and drank some alcohol provided by Nick, who was 22 at the time. Then Nick invited Melissa into his office. He said that he wanted to show her some music that he’d been working on. She was eager to hear it and followed him.
"I could draw a diagram of the layout of this apartment," Melissa wrote in her blog.
“Barely there furniture throughout with the exception of the office. He took my hand and led me down the hallway to the office. He went to his computer and started to play the music he was working on, he turned off the light and we sat there in the computer light listening to his new stuff. And naturally we started to kiss. He was aware that I was a virgin and that I held to religious conservative Christian values. I was vocal about this. Everyone knew about this, including those who repped me.”
She warned that the next part of her story would get graphic.