Amid the ongoing discussion of banning abortion in Alabama, United States, Miss Universe 2015 2nd runner-up Olivia Jordan revealed in May that she was sexually assaulted when she was younger.
Olivia posted, "I was molested as a child and raped as a teenager. It is through that lens that I view the new policies that govern what happens to a woman’s body as a direct assault."
I was molested as a child and raped as a teenager. It is through that lense that I view the new policies that govern what happens to a woman’s body as a direct assault. Decisions were made for my body without my consent. My body and mind have been traumatized in ways I am still recovering from many years later. Maybe it sounds unjust to compare criminalizing abortion to being raped; but to me, it feels the same. I’ve learned that we all have experiences that shape us and alter our lense with which we see the world. I used to get angry when confronted with anti-abortion messaging. I used to want to yell and scream back how I felt. But then we would just have two people screaming. I see you. I hear why abortion is scary to you. I was educated in Catholic school, taught abstinence only “sex education”, I’ve watched a video of an abortion procedure, and I’ve done my research on both sides. I won’t impose my beliefs on you, no one will ever force you to have an abortion. And I ask, if you could pause for one second and realize how insane it is to impose your views on me, to force me or any woman to endure a pregnancy she is not ready for, maybe even one she didn’t consent to in the first place. I am pro-abortion, pro condoms and pro access to birth control. I would NEVER force you to have the same beliefs. Maybe you haven’t had the life experience I have had where your body has been controlled too many times without your consent but I have, and I will fight hard to stop any person from enduring the same fate. Can we recognize that within the pro-choice model we are both allowed to be right? You get to do what’s right for you, I get to do what’s right for me. You can keep speaking out against abortion as I can see how important it is for you to share how you feel. But please don’t support policies that strip people of their rights and their free choice. Because when men make laws that govern women’s body without their consent, I feel like I am being assaulted all over again. I feel like we are letting the perpetrators win. Peace, love and prayers for a better future where we can realize that we can live in harmony even when we don’t agree.🍃
Following the revelation of her friend and co-Miss Universe candidate, Pia Wurtzbach was asked to comment about the matter. In an interview with website Female Network, Pia said that she was shocked upon learning Olivia's revelation.
"Doon sa shinare niya, I had no idea. She never really spoke about it during her whole pageant life, 'di niya... ever shinare 'yan, so talagang nakakagulat. And it really... You kind of realize that it can happen to anyone. It can happen to anybody," she said in the interview.
She continued, "Someone like Olivia who I thought grew up like, parang perfect... Hindi mo alam 'yong mga pinagdaraanan ng mga tao. You could be facing the most popular celebrity, sobrang ganda, parang walang problema, pero 'yon pala, meron din siyang pinagdaan."
Nope that's not a throwback 😁 So happy to be reunited with you, Liv! At the 20th anniversary gala of Smile Train. 😊 Thank you @realpaulashugart for choosing me and @theoliviajordan to accept the award from @smiletrain on your behalf. We did the Smile Train event at Capitale in NYC. A place where we did a couple of events back in 2016. So you can imagine how this trip gave us some major feels! You're glowing more than ever, Liv! See you very soon in LA! ❤️
Pia and Olivia got reunited recently at the 20th anniversary gala of the Smile Train organization in New York City.