On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. Since being selected a pageant girl, Saryna Ritter has used the spotlight to draw attention to domestic violence, as an advocate for other victims.
"When I was in high school I had a close friend who we found out was getting physically abused at home. Being so scared for her and not knowing what to do...a few friends and I went to the school counselor to seek help for her. A few weeks later I received a letter in the mail about pageants and how you can have a platform. Not knowing what that meant at the time, I needed more information so I called the number. At the end of the conversation I signed up because I wanted to be that voice for my friend and reach out to others in the same situation. I started pageantry and was inspired to start competing to help others."
Saryna will have the opportunity to represent the state of Illinois in the International Ms Pageant on August 24-26, 2018 in New York City. The contest is for women 26-39 and is opened to all nationalities and marital statuses, with or without children.
Lets know a little more about Saryna's story and her journey to the crown through this interview!