Isiniwalat ni Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago na naging biktima siya ng sexual harassment at pangmomolestiya.
Sa pamamagitan ng Facebook post noong Linggo, November 11, ibinahagi ni Bea ang mga insidente ng pangha-harass na naranasan niya mula noong bata pa siya.
"Sexual Harassment IS REAL. NOT JUST IN PAGEANTS BUT EVERYWHERE!" panimula ng 28-year-old beauty queen-turned-actress.
Iba't ibang lalaki raw ang nambiktima sa kanya; kabilang dito ang isang pari, isang male pageant winner, isang kilalang businessman, at isang middle-aged man.
Lahad niya, “I was molested when I was a child, by a priest.
“He is still preaching somewhere in Masbate."
Si Bea Rose ay isinilang sa Muntinlupa, ngunit lumaki siya sa Cataingan, Masbate, kasama ng kanyang lolo't lola.
Nag-aral siya ng high school sa Liceo de Masbate sa Masbate City.
Pagpapatuloy niya, “I was told ‘why are you born too late! or sus sayang ka Bea, kung napanganak ka lang mas maaga’ by a pageant guy winner. I WAS 12 YEARS OLD AND HE WAS 21.
“I was once touched inappropriately by a well-known businessman.
“This guy is a well known CEO of a big company (companies pa nga e) he even organized parties for girls who didnt win with his friends (I think ‘hoping’ they stopped it).”
Hindi raw iyon ang huling pagkikita nila ng naturang negosyante.
“The next time I met him I was a candidate and the organizers were there to see things thoroughly.
“He couldn’t interact with us because the chairwoman was present and so as the chaperones. - still he was talking nonsense to us.”
Maging sa trabaho ay nakaranas din daw ng sexual harassment si Bea.
“I was working when I posed with a middle aged man (I had a feeling he was a perv) so I put both my hands behind me.
"He still managed to 'accidentally swing his hand touching my behind,'" pag-alala ng beauty queen.
Ikinuwento rin ni Bea kung paano hinarass ang isang kapwa niya beauty queen na hindi niya pinangalanan, matapos nilang manalo sa international pageant.
“We were at the congress or senate? when a Queen was touched (her behind) while taking a photo.
"She immediately told me (with a help me look) so i put my hand covering her back protecting her from the ‘old well known perv’
"We just won an international pageant but still It happens."
Din pa ni Bea, “No matter how careful you are.
"No matter how Big/ popular/ old/ ‘religious’ a person is, HE CAN STILL BE A PERVERT.”
Nakokonsensiya raw si Bea na ngayon lang siya nagsalita tungkol dito.
Ganunpaman, sana raw ay magkaroon ng magandang pagbabago dulot ng kanyang pagsasalita, lalo na sa future beauty queens.
“I still feel guilty for not speaking up and file complaints or SLAP THE HELL OUT OF THEM. I guess speaking up now will help the future Queens.
“I am honestly really scared to speak up. I hope I wont regret this,” pahayag ni Bea.
Ang paglantad na ito ni Bea ay kasunod ng alegasyon ng ilang kandidata ng Miss Earth 2018 na nakaranas sila ng sexual harassment mula sa isang pageant sponsor.