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.
via: GettyShe wrote, "I’m not afraid anymore
She started off by saying that she tried to talk about the story after it happened, but wasn't able to.
via: Getty"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.
via: Getty"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.
Instead of sitting around why not record some new solo music 🎶 #newmusic https://t.co/flHp4OjvtT— Nick Carter (@Nick Carter)1510614888.0
"I could draw a diagram of the layout of this apartment," Melissa wrote in her blog.
Can’t wait to see you all. 😊 https://t.co/2l0XSdqRrv— Nick Carter (@Nick Carter)1508953447.0
"I want to warn you that what I will be disclosing next describes graphic, violent sexual behavior. Please continue reading at your own discretion."Nick took Melissa into the bathroom and tried to unbutton her pants. She asked him what he was doing and told him that she didn't want to go any further than kissing.
That's when he said, "Don't worry, I won't tell anybody."
Next Melissa described how trapped she felt in the bathroom with Nick.
Nick threw her on the bed, laid on top of her, and pinned her down.
When she woke up, Nick was gone.
Months later, her manager asked her to do a special with Nick.
She told her story in the hopes that it would help other women be believed when they told theirs.
When Melissa's story was posted to Twitter, fans gave her an outpouring of support.
I just want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support. Thank you for bearing witness to my story. Th… https://t.co/uk0y1ocRqJ— MelissaSchuman (@MelissaSchuman)1511246657.0