Former model Brittany Mason reveals horrific sexual abuse and rape past

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Former model Brittany Mason reveals horrific sexual abuse and rape past
Former model Brittany Mason reveals horrific sexual abuse and rape past

A former beauty queen who lives in Dublin has opened up about being raped in her home town of Indiana before fleeing and finding a new life.

Miss Universe Ireland boss Brittany Mason told how modelling and pageantry saved her life as she fled her abusers.

And brave Brittany outlined how now in Ireland she’s hell-bent on empowering women to speak up and expose their attackers.

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The former model bought the rights to the Irish branch of the pageant last year and is keen to help women find their voice.

Brittany, who moved from California to Dublin in 2015, has been in the fashion pages of Vogue, Cosmopolitan and GQ magazines. She was crowned Miss Indiana USA and came seventh in Miss USA in 2008.

The 31-year-old explained how she suffered years of sexual abuse in her early teens and then went through the trauma of being raped then held against her will.

Brittany Mason

She said: “I experienced physical and sexual abuse, there was three years where I was molested as a young teenager and then when I was 17 I was raped.

“I was raped and held against my will for several hours, there was a big cover-up in my home town. The justice system is really corrupt.

“I blacked out [during the rape] so I can’t remember all of it but one of the boys raped me, another one of them came in, then the father came in and beat me up pretty badly.

“He held me against my will and asked me if I enjoyed having sex with his son who was part of it.

“I went to hospital so the story got out. The State of Indiana appointed a lawyer but because the dad who beat me was a well-known figure and the father of the other guy was a public
official, it went through two years of court stuff and nothing happened, he didn’t even get told to go to anger management.”

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Through modelling Brittany moved to New York to try and put the past behind her.

She added: “Pageants and modelling saved my life, I tried to get out of my environment at a very young age.

“I tried to get emancipated, I took an application out for the army but that would take three years. I stumbled across pageantry and it helped pay for education, it really gave me a sense of sisterhood I never had.”

Commenting on why she is so open, Brittany said: “I really hope with Miss Universe we can empower women to use their voice and speak up about injustice in the world.

“When I started really working with charities and schools I started this thing called I Am Possible.

“I would always allude to the fact I was abused but we need to stand together.”

Brittany Mason

Following years of trying to cope after being abused, Brittany says she now suffers from complex post-traumatic stress disorder.

She added: “I didn’t even realise how much these things affected me, I started working at such a young age to escape my home town.

“I threw myself into work, I was trying to keep my mind busy because I couldn’t stand to think about what had happened.

“I have complex post-traumatic stress disorder and I’ve learnt to cope, it’s only been the past few years I’ve been able to open up to my friends.”

Brittany now wants to change the misconception of beauty pageants.

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She said: “A lot of people haven’t watched a pageant, there’s a lot of misconceptions.

“People are very critical of them and say they’re damaging to women.

“We have a lot of serious conversations and next week when we have our final the girls will be grilled on the MeToo movement, Repeal the 8th, Brexit, the refugee issue in Europe.”

  • The final of Miss Universe Ireland takes place on Thursday in the Mansion House, Dublin. Tickets are on sale via Eventbrite. For further information contact: www.missuniverseireland.eu or on twitter @missunivereseireland

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Source: Celebrity News Ireland