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Follow Miss America – 3/52 Ways to Stop Pedophiles

January 16, 2013

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We have another new leader! She’s smart, talented, beautiful and knows what she’s talking about.

Mallory Hytes Hagan, crowned Miss America 2013, is committed to stopping child sexual abuse. She has already connected with several organizations: Safehorizon, Child Abuse Prevention Program, and  Stop It Now! She’s up front because members of her family were abused, causing a detrimental affect on her life.

We’re thrilled that Hagan will share her spotlight with CSA issues. She is not the first beauty queen to face this nasty topic. Hagan’s in stellar company with Marilyn Van Derbur who served as Miss America in 1958.

Van Derbur’s successful reign was followed by an impressive career as a motivational speaker and filmmaker. Her fame and power grew stronger with the unplanned disclosure of her own, long-term sexual abuse by her father.

Marilyn’s experience differs vastly from Mallory’s.

In 1991, Marilyn talked about her own CSA with a small group. She thought it was a private conversation, but a reporter in the room published her remarks. With grace, she accepted the public challenge and told the truth of her life from age 5 to 18 in her book, Miss America by Day. Marilyn spoke out long before the public was ready to listen – recommendations for her book were often made in a whisper. Marilyn never pulled back. She’s created a network in support those who have been sexually assaulted.

Marilyn is one of the reasons we have come far enough in the struggle against CSA that Mallory is able, on the first day of her reign, to stand firmly on her platform against such crimes. Our new Miss America is pointing you in a positive direction by listing organizations that welcome your involvement.

Follow these leaders!  Their strong voices make it easier for the rest of us to do our part to stop pedophiles.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy DeKlyn permalink
    January 16, 2013 12:53 pm

    Inspiring. Nancy

    • January 16, 2013 1:09 pm

      Thanks, Nancy. Inspiring – such a strong and beautiful word. So glad that you feel it.

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