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10/11/2002 - Washington

MISS AMERICA PRESSURED TO STOP PROMOTING ABSTINENCE

Miss America 2003 Erika Harold says her Christian faith gave her the courage to promote abstinence until marriage when she was campaigning for Miss Illinois. But Harold told The Washington Times that since winning the Miss America crown, she's been pressured to stop talking about abstinence and focus instead on the issue of school bullying. After pageant officials tried to stop reporters at the National Press Club from asking about her abstinence message, Harold said, "I will not be bullied." The new Miss America says many girls who suffer the kind of bullying she endured in the ninth grade become promiscuous. But Harold says her faith helped her to make the right decisions instead.
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