The pageant is focused on giving these exceptional women, many of whom have suffered abuse, violence and severe loss, a platform to voice their causes and raise awareness while promoting change and support for causes important to them.
"The public may not care what I have to say, but they do care what Miss Newport Beach has to say" shares Victoria LeClear, Miss Newport Beach 2014. "The non profits I work with encouraged me to enter the pageant this year and be their champion, they told me they raise more funds with my support as a pageant contender than when I'm a regular volunteer" she adds.
Miss LeClear, the oldest of 7 adopted children, may not have won the title of Miss California this year but that isn't stopping her from continuing her non profit work. Her goal is to break through the taboo of keeping abuse and harassment secret by sharing her message of empowerment for sexual abuse, harassment and physical abuse victims and giving resources to male and female victims immediately. Her siblings past abuse and her personal experiences being placed in a battered children’s shelter while visiting a relative, inspired her to stand up, speak out and fight regardless of the repercussions.
"Men and women are harassed and threatened in the work place more often than we would like to think, they feel afraid and embarrassed and they don’t know how to fix it. They may have been abused as children and still feel helpless like they did then" Shares Victoria.
The organization Equal Rights Advocates effectively works to offer solutions, counseling and resources for men and women who are being threatened, abused physically or verbally or are being marginalized and discriminated against.
Victoria says she is blessed to work with a company currently that promotes sustainability, ethical treatment of people and the environment and has dedicated an entire book to the companies 'Carta Etica' and vision of healthy happy environment for all.
Victoria also works regularly with the Child Abuse Prevention Center of Orange County California for the past few years, which has implemented many life saving programs to help stop child abuse now and prevent it in future.
Child abuse is reported every 10 seconds. Almost five children die every day as a result of child abuse. About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children without intervention.
"I have the honor of working directly with child victims for 6 hours every other week, while government officials treat and investigate the abuse my job is to make the experience less traumatic with playtime, talking time and support" shares Victoria. "The children are the true heroes and the Child Abuse Prevention Center which facilitates this program, I have never met more dedicated, hard working and loving team members in my entire life."
Victoria hopes to adopt children of her own in coming years and to continue the legacy her parents began, of adopting children, raising awareness for child abuse and helping rectify adult abuse and harassment in future. To learn more about the Miss California United States organization, to book speakers and pageant queens for events please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.misscaus.com
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