‘The Challenge’ Star Ammo Starts Crowdfunding Site After Rape by Former Partner
This week’s episode of The Challenge XXX: Dirty 30 ended in a particularly terrifying moment where cast member Ammo collapsed, struggling to breathe.
It’s natural to assume this was due to the particularly exhausting challenge he just completed against co-star Jordan, but we’re now finding out there was more to the story.
Actually, the MTV star says it has more to do with mental trauma than physical.
Viewers first met Ammo, then known as Chris, on The Real World: Go Big or Go Home in 2016.
The ex-Mormon has since brought his open honesty and strength to the network’s long-running competition show, identifying himself in the premiere as gender non-binary.
In the time between his two seasons, however, the Brooklyn native suffered a traumatic experience that came into play in this week’s ep.
The 24-year-old is opening up about this situation on a YouCaring page titled “Ammo Recovery Fund,” where he reveals his collapse was due to “a very intense episode” of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Ammo shares that, when his competitor held him down in the challenge — which was similar to wrestling — memories of this previous attack came flooding back.
“In November of 2016 I was raped in my own bed by my former partner,” he writes.
“I remember saying ‘no’ and ‘I don’t want to’ but my partner insisted that he was going to ‘make me take it’ and teach me ‘how to be a man.’”
He then recalls how “painful” and “mortifying” this moment of “non-consensual” sex was, but admits he wasn’t aware that it was rape until later.
The realization came after speaking with a Planned Parenthood social worker, who explained how interrelationship rape exists — and that it’s a crime.
He continues, “On this season on MTV’s The Challenge, fans got to see every step of my journey towards recovery.
“I did The Challenge to prove to myself that I was strong — that I could do anything. I wanted to show myself, my ex partner, and the world that I was the master of my mind and my body and that NO ONE could take my spirit away from me.”
After his on-screen collapse and elimination from the competition, Ammo returned to the U.S. and sought medical and psychological help.
While he’s taking the necessary steps to recover, he also concedes that this comes at a cost, which is why he’s asking for donations to “get the continued help and support I need.”
"Trust me when I say: RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE," the aspiring musician details, underneath an original song titled “Taking Over.”
He adds, “Sometimes all it takes is reaching out and simply saying: 'I need help.’”
The reality alum lists his fundraising goal at $5,000. He’s currently raised over $800 from 24 donors.
The Challenge XXX: Dirty 30 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.