Miss USA (United States of America) 2015 Olivia Jordan made a revelation about herself on Monday, May 20: that she experienced being molested as a kid and raped during her teenage years.
She bared this in a lengthy Instagram post, as she airs out her own take about anti-abortion law. Just last week, Alabama, USA has passed a bill banning abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. It will only be legal if the mother’s life is at risk.
Olivia, however, expressed disapproval on the passage of such bill, saying that she views it as a “direct assault” to her.
“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,” she said, continuing, “Maybe it sounds unjust to compare criminalizing abortion to being raped; but to me, it feels the same.”
The beauty queen from Oklahoma shared how she’s been wanting to “yell” and “scream back” to those people who confront her for being pro-abortion, pro-condoms, and pro-access to birth control, but hold herself to do so as it will only result to “two people screaming” at each other.
She said she went to a Catholic school, was taught “abstinence-only sex education,” watched an abortion procedure video, and did research regarding abortion. Olivia, however, said she is not forcing anyone to have the same opinion as hers, so she hopes that others who have contradicting views would do the same to her.
“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,” she wrote.
“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,” she added.
While acknowledging that anyone can share what they feel against abortion, Olivia urged them not to support policies which “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,” she stressed.
Olivia, 30, was America’s bet in the Miss Universe 2015, where Philippines’ Pia Wurtzbach was crowned as the winner. The American beauty queen finished second runner-up in the pageant.