Miss South Africa Sasha-Lee Olivier has committed herself to helping and supporting survivors of sexual abuse. The 26 year old revealed in the Miss South Africa 2019 pageant that she was a survivor herself.
The WITS student took over from Zozibini Tunzi who is busy with her Miss Universe duties. She spoke to the Sunday Times about her new role. She believes that it was her destiny to become Miss South Africa.
“I think I’ve come out of this process a lot stronger, and through Miss World I’m definitely in a position where I am ready to step into the role as Miss SA,” she said.
She intends on supporting victims in their healing from the trauma. “I need to get the people who have survived this [sexual abuse] to understand that it is not their fault. The reason for breaking the chains of silence, shame and fear is because a large part of the healing process is hindered by the shame.
“Healing starts by speaking up. So I know that in speaking up, not only for myself, I took that step for millions that have gone through what I have gone through, both men and women alike.”