In support of Sexual Assault Awareness month this passed April, my good friend Maude Gorman was generous enough to come down from Boston to speak to the WAVE girls to tell her story. Maude is currently a senior at Stonehill College. Maude and I met as AmeriCorps members in 2016. She is the former 2015-2016 Miss Massachusetts World, where she used her title to raise awareness for sexual assault and prevent victim-blaming. Maude also had the opportunity to work with MA Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, and former Vice President Joe Biden on enhancing measures to prevent sexual assault violence.
Maude was able to meet with the WAVE girls of Diman Vocational Regional School to tell her story of being gang-raped at the age of 13. She was able to provide an inclusive dialogue where the girls could ask her specific questions about her story and how she got to where she is today.