30 Sep '13, 2pm

Miss Kansas: 'Raise hell' about sexual harassment

The Kansas National Guard sergeant who finished among the top contestants last month in the Miss America 2014 pageant is now talking about an incident in her past that inspires her to tell other women to “raise hell.” Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, told Army Times she was sexually harassed by Guard co-workers years ago, and now has been asked by her superiors to share her story about sexual harassment. Vail was named “America’s Choice” and finished in the top 10 of the pageant, held in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 15. She made headlines as the first contestant to display tattoos in the pageant. In 2009, she was 19 and the lone female mechanic in a motor pool near Kansas City, where she suffered verbal sexual harassment and “inappropriate comments.” Her advice to female soldiers in similar situations: “Raise hell about it,” said Vail, now 22. “You need to stand up for yourself...

Full article: http://www.armytimes.com/article/20130930/NEWS02/309300020

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