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Miss America shares message of preventing child sexual abuse

VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Miss America made a visit to the Magnolia State with an important message about protecting children from sexual predators.

Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013, was in Vicksburg Saturday supporting the CAP Center.

The Children and Parents Center Inc. is a child and family advocacy organization.

The 24-year-old posed for pictures and signed autographs for eager fans.

The Alabama native won the title in January as a contestant in the Miss New York Pageant.

Her platform is "Stop It Now..Child Sexual Abuse".

She is visiting child advocacy centers across the country to raise awareness and funds.

Hagan said the cause is close to her heart because several women in her family were victims of child sexual abuse.

"I was very lucky that it didn't happen to me, but that's because our family made it a priority to include the prevention effort in our household. So I do think that it is a conversation that needs to be had, and I do think that I am sort of a non-traditional face for that conversation," said Hagan.

Dinner with Miss America was held Saturday night from 7p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

The cost was $50.00.

VIP tickets could be purchased for $100.00.

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