Mariel de Leon speaks out about sexual harassment in beauty pageants

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Bb. Pilipinas-International 2017 Mariel de Leon speaks out about sexual harassment in the pageant scene. She tweets, "IT IS NEVER OKAY TO BLAME THE VICTIM." 


Mariel de Leon took to Twitter to speak out about the reality of sexual harassment in the pageant scene.

The Bb. Pilipinas-International 2017 titleholder pointed out that sexual harassment in beauty competitions "is real. Just like how it is in any field of work."

She then underscored that people should not shame the victim for their actions and reminded followers about the importance of consent.

Her tweet read, "IT IS NEVER OKAY TO BLAME THE VICTIM.

"It doesn’t matter what she is doing, where she is, what state she is in, and it especially doesn’t matter what she is wearing.

"No is no."

Her tweet appeared to be a reaction to the recent sexual harassment allegations of Miss Earth 2018 candidates. 

The Miss Earth 2018 coronation night was held last November 3 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Miss Earth Canada Jaime VandenBerg was the first to speak up about the allegations.

On November 7, VadenBerg revealed through Instagram that one of the sponsors was sexually harassing the candidates at the competition.

READ: Miss Earth Canada claims sexual harassment during pageant

Later, Miss Earth Guam Emma Sheedy and Miss Earth England Abbey-Anne Gyles-Brown spoke out about their experiences and the former named Amado S. Cruz as the sponsor.

READ: Miss Guam, Miss England claim they were sexually harassed by Miss Earth 2018 sponsor

Cruz then broke his silence and denied the candidates' accusations.

READ: Miss Earth sponsor accused of sexual harassment breaks silence


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