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(RNS) Supporters of the pageants say the event, which featured live performances and even a comedian, is an affirmation of life and a boost to the contestants' self-esteem. Detractors call the concept "distasteful," saying it capitalizes on the victims' vulnerability.

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  1. It must be refreshing to be honored for being a woman who overcame rather than depressingly asked over and over to relive each second of what they went through. They deserve to be celebrated that they live on, rather than milked for their story and left to experience it all over again in their minds.