'I won't quit' ... Shaneke Williams vows to remain in Miss Jamaica World competition
Shaneke Williams says she was unprepared for the "bullying and hate" that has been directed at her ever since the Miss Jamaica World franchise holders announced her as a finalist for this year's competition.
Williams, who was contemplating pulling out of the competition, told THE STAR that she is pressing ahead in the competition.
Williams was charged with aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching in the alleged incident involving a 15-year-old in November 2013. The case involved former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Don Creary who was charged with rape. However, the matter was dismissed by the court after the complainant indicated she did not wish to proceed with the case.
Don Creary (left) and Shaneke Williams
However, there have been mounting criticisms since Williams' selection was announced. The Miss Jamaica World hopeful, despite being jolted by the comments, has vowed not to bow out of the competition.
"I believe that at the end of day I have a story to be told and this is why I decided to enter the pageant. I believe it is a platform for me to share my side of the story to inspire others who may be experiencing a similar experience," Williams said.
Williams also said she decided to enter the competition because she wanted to help to empower persons, especially those who have faced similar tribulations.
She said she anticipated a high level of scrutiny from her inclusion in the pageant, but not the bullying and unkind things comments that have followed.
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