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Controversial Miss Jamaica World finalist not walking away

Published:Tuesday | August 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton
Shaneke Williams

Despite being faced with a tsunami of opposition to her inclusion in this year's Miss Jamaica World pageant, Shaneke Williams, says she is pressing ahead in the competition.

Williams, who is among the 16 finalists announced for this year's pageant, says she has been on the receiving end of cyber-bulling and hatred, due to the fact that she was arrested for a serious crime in 2015.

Williams was charged with aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching, in the alleged incident involving a 15-year-old in November 2013. The case involved former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Don Creary, who was charged with rape. However, the matter was dismissed by the court after the complainant indicated she did not wish to proceed with the case.

"I believe that at the end of the day, I have a story to be told and this is why I decided to enter the pageant. I believe it is a platform for me to share my side of the story, to inspire others who may be experiencing a similar experience," Williams said.

Williams also said she decided to enter the competition because she wanted to help to empower persons, especially those who have faced similar tribulations.

She said she anticipated a high level of scrutiny from her inclusion in the pageant, but was unprepared for the "bullying and hate" that has followed.