Matapos maging issue ang sexual harassment sa mundo ng pageantry, naglakas loob ang Miss International 2013 na si Bea Rose Santiago na magsalita at suportahan ang iba pang beauty queens na nakaranas ng pangmo-molestya.
Sa kanyang Facebook post, una niyang inamin na minolestya siya ng isang pari sa Masbate noong siya’y bata pa.
“I was molested when I was a child by a priest. He is still preaching somewhere in Masbate,” aniya at hindi na nagbigay pa ng ibang detalye.
Ipinagpatuloy niya ito at inalala ang ilang beses kung saan nahihipuan siya at iba pang kasamang beauty queens.
“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 didn’t win with his friend,”
“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,” kwento ni Bea.
Dagdag pa niya, “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 happened].”
Inamin ng beauty queen na takot pa rin siya sa kanyang pagkukwento at sana’y hindi raw niya ito pagsisihan.
“It happens. No matter how careful you are. No matter how Big/ popular/ old/ “religious” a person is, HE CAN STILL BE A PERVERT. 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.”