Taeler Hendrix Says She Has Been Harassed In The Past, Inspires Others To Stand Up

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Taeler Hendrix of SHIMMER joined the countless women in speaking out against sexual harassment. In an Instagram post this week, Hendrix admits that she too has been a victimized.

“In my life, I’ve met hundreds of women who have been body shamed, raped, sexually assaulted, &/or sexually harassed. I’m sad to say that I’m one of them. Since a young age I’ve been body shamed, drugged, assaulted & harassed.”

Hendrix, who has previously appeared in WWE and ROH, among other promotions, took to social media to bring to light her own struggles. Sharing a picture of herself and Slinky, she begins her post by informing her followers that her pet is also a registered Emotional Support Animal.

“Anyone that knows or follows me knows my puppy Slinky! What they may not know is that he’s my registered Emotional Support Animal! This rescue dog has rescued me. He’s helped me find my smile. He helps me feel protected. He’s been with me through the worst of things. He saw me through to the point in my life where I’d meet my future husband.”

Hendrix continues, standing up for not only herself, but for others who may not have yet found the courage to share their stories.

“We aren’t toys for your pleasure. WE DON’T Want IT & we certainly aren’t the create-a-player function in a video game. Measure us by our heart & gumption. We’re moms, daughters, sisters. I didn’t ask for my body! My body was God given & I’m pretty sure He didn’t give you permission to abuse his creations. I’ll NEVER be taken [advantage] of EVER again. I’m worth more than a paycheck, a job opportunity, etc…I’ll speak up for others who may think they can’t because at one point, I felt like I had no voice either.”

She ends her brave note with a powerful message to those who have also faced victimization.

“Believe that YOU matter. It’s not YOUR fault. It’s time for a change. Make a choice. Be a voice. #MeToo”

Anyone that knows or follows me knows my puppy Slinky! What they may not know is that he's my registered Emotional Support Animal! This rescue dog rescued me. He's helped me find my smile. He helps me feel protected. He's been with me through the worst of things. He saw me through to the point in my life where I'd meet my future husband. In my life, I've met hundreds of women who have been body shamed, raped, sexually assaulted, &/or sexually harassed. I'm sad to say that I'm one of them. Since a young age I've been body shamed, drugged, assaulted & harassed. My ESA Slinky helps me to smile & live every day & see the beauty in a life well lived knowing that I didn't ask for it, I didn't want it, it didn't matter what I looked like, what I wore, who I smile at, what I do for a living, what character I play on TV. None of that is an excuse for such revolting actions against myself, my colleagues, my sister's, my friends, my mentors… stop measuring us by our breast sizes, pants sizes, shoe sizes, ass sizes. We aren't toys for your pleasure. WE DON'T WANT IT & we certainly aren't the create a player function in a video game. Measure us by our heart & gumption. We're moms, daughters, sisters.. I didn't ask for my body! My body was God given & I'm pretty sure He didnt give you permission to abuse his creations. I'll NEVER be taken of EVER again. I'm worth more than a paycheck, job opportunity, etc… I'll speak up for others who may think they can't because at one point, I felt like I had no voice either. My husband & my puppy love me for me. Love pushes forward to a new day. Guts to come forward led to lost friends, jobs, & more. No regrets! Gumption to stand my ground. I've never gone back! Don't underestimate your power. Don't underestimate your voice. Don't underestimate the unconditional love of your emotional support animals. Thank you Slinkers, & to my husband Cory. You both fuel my smile & my positivity to stand tall & fight for a world I believe in. A Dachshund really does make a difference! Unconditional love/acceptance of yourself is an undeniable power. Believe that YOU matter. It's not YOUR fault. Its time for a change. Make a choice. Be a voice. #MeToo

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Source: WrestlingINC

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