Miss Universe contestants speak on sexual harassment

November 28, 2017
Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters waves after she was announced as the new Miss Universe at the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday night.
Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett competes at the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas last night.
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Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters didn't shy away when asked to comment on sexual harassment just after being crowned.

"If women take hands and stand together, we are unbreakable," said the 22-year-old representative from South Africa," and we can say no to the things that are wrong in the workplace, at home or wherever you might go."

In the United States, dozens of politicians, Hollywood executives and actors, and media personalities are facing accusations of sexual misconduct, sparked by a wave of allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The topic arose during Sunday's competition when a fan-submitted question asked why it's important for men and women to work together to address the issue of sexual misconduct.

Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett said men and women should come together to make sure no form of abuse, including sexual harassment, is tolerated.

"Sexual harassment is a form of abuse, and no abuse should be tolerated, whether in the workplace or in society," Bennett said.

Nel-Peters, who recently earned a business management degree, was crowned during the event at The AXIS theatre at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while Bennett finished as the second runner-up.

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