Mel Doss Shares Her #MeToo Story

Melissa Doss via Instagram. @meldoss00
Melissa Doss via Instagram. @meldoss00

The fall-out from the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment and assault allegations has led to women speaking up about their own experiences. The #MeToo hashtag has gone viral on social media with more than 12 million posts in 24 hours on Facebook.

The movement has also affected those who we follow in the CrossFit community. Last week, Melissa Doss, a member of CrossFit Maximus’ CrossFit Games team, shared her #MeToo story. In an effort to help others who might have gone through a similar experience, Doss commented, “I’ve never really told many people this, but what better time than to share with 60,000 of my friends in hope that it will encourage others to get something off of their chest.”

She continued to tell her story that occurred back when she was in high school. “I remember right around the time my eating disorder started in high school (coincidence 🤔) I was a teacher’s aide for one of my teachers. It was my junior year. He was always super nice to me, but starting asking weird questions,” Doss shared. She concludes, “If you’ve ever been harassed or assaulted in anyway, my heart goes out to you. May you find peace and strength to share your journey and may women and men support and respect each other to make the world a better place. 💙”

I’ve been seeing this #metoo hash tag all over the internet over the past few days and it just makes me so sad! Yes, there are SO many amazing, respectful men out there, but there are most definitely some bad apples. At first I thought, I’ve never (thankfully!!) been sexually assaulted but damn, if I haven’t been harassed… too many times to count. I always thought it was because I was nice, but that’s total bullshit. Being a kind person isn’t an invitation to violate anyone verbally or physically. Ever! I’ve never really told many people this, but what better time than to share with 60,000 of my friends in hope that it will encourage others to get something off of their chest. 😘 #thatslove I remember right around the time my eating disorder started in high school (coincidence 🤔) I was a teacher’s aide for one of my teachers. It was my junior year. He was always super nice to me, but starting asking weird questions. I Remember one day he asked me if I was a virgin. I was a virgin all throughout high school, but I didn’t know to do when asked. I mean, what a freaking weird question. He told me he had dreams of taking my virginity away from me. He told me this on several occasions as well as many other things that Definitely crossed a line. I Remember dreading showing up to his class, and making excuses to leave early just so I wouldn’t have to be alone with him. He made me feel so dirty, so violated. I was afraid to tell Daniel, my brother or my dad for for fear that my teacher would end up in a ditch. Since that time, I’ve had several bosses and superiors who have tried to use power to get what they want with me. I’ve had bosses and superiors who have tried to hold my hand, who have tried to kiss me and who have just made me feel like I was only hired for what I look like and not because I work so hard. Thankfully, now I have no fear threatening any man who makes me feel less than. 😂 #butseriously If you’ve ever been harassed or assaulted in anyway, my heart goes out to you. May you find peace and strength to share your journey and may women and men support and respect each other to make the world a better place. 💙

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