Heart of the Midstate: Mrs. PA United States is an overcomer

Carmen White

Mrs. Pennsylvania United States, Carmen White, is an overcomer. Carmen came from a single-parent home in Berks County where they didn’t have much. She remembers when the lights were turned off and car repossessed, but she didn’t let that define who she is. Carmen is now a Public Interest Lawyer in Berks County who helps abused and neglected children. She’s also representing our state as Mrs. PA United States.

Carmen recently placed in the Top 5 of the national Mrs. United States competition. Her platform is the Start by Believing campaign, a project of End Violence Against Women International. The goal of the organization is to globally transform the way people respond to sexual assault.

Carmen says when a victim of sexual assault tells a non-formal resource (friend, family member or confidant) and are met with criticism it’s unlikely they will continue on to find an official resource. However, if a sexual assault victim is met with a positive reaction of compassion then their chances of seeking the proper channels are much greater. To learn more about the organization click here.

Carmen is part of the Mrs. United States pageant. The pageant accepts women of every age and every background displaying beauty, intelligence, and grace. To learn more about the organization click here. Carmen competed in the national pageant during the 1st week of August for Mrs. United States and placed in the top 5.

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