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Bachelor Contestant Caelynn Miller-Keyes Speaks out About Sexual Assault: Here’s Her Side of the Story

The Bachelor gave an essential piece of Monday night’s scene to contestant Caelynn Miller-Keyes so she could share her story, and the outcome was a stunning discussion between the Miss USA next and star Colton Underwood. During a one-on-one date, Miller-Keyes opened up about being an overcomer of attack, revealing in detail how she was calmed and attacked in school.

“That moment is a moment that very rarely happens on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, where it’s bigger than the show — it’s bigger than anything this show has probably seen or done before,” Underwood revealed to The Hollywood Reporter before the scene’s passing on.

Planning plant director Keyes, a little while later 23, is the essential contestant to share a record of past sexual maltreatment while showing up on the establishment. The Miss North Carolina perfect lady from the beginning moved closer about being an attack survivor after the 2018 Miss USA show, clarifying the trouble she resisted when endeavoring to report her attack sometime before the #MeToo and Time’s Up developments. By and by, on the Jan. 28 scene, Underwood, who isn’t given online affirmation to see contestants, was hearing her story inquisitively.

Since the time Miller-Keyes met Underwood on the Jan. 7 presentation, she has been outfitting to uncover to him her story. In the introduction, she built up with Underwood by saying, “I’ve gone through so much that it’s aged me, so I’m more than ready for marriage.” Underwood, whose decision to remain a virgin at age 27 has become a constant source of conversation, replied, “I’m the same way — my life experience has made me more of a man than most 30-year-olds.”

Unequivocally when to show execution raised its head between Miller-Keyes and one of her past connecting with lady contenders, Hannah Brown, who in addition is a contestant on Underwood’s season, Miller-Keyes again told Underwood on the Jan. 21 scene that she has experienced sufficient difficulty in her life that to be gotten by Brown a little while later is puzzling. “There are things I haven’t talked to you about that have been traumatic experiences in my life that have deeply hurt me,” Miller-Keyes told Underwood at the time. “It’s stuff I’ve wanted to talk to you about as the relationship progresses. It’s real-life shit, it’s not just…it’s something I had intentions of bringing up to you because it’s some stuff that has affected my life. But not tonight and not right now.”

During their one-on-one date on the Jan. 28 scene, Miller-Keyes tracked down her second, uncovering to Underwood that she was explicitly attacked when she, by then a sophomore in school in Virginia, gone to a cooperation party in 2014 with three amigos. “They drugged our wine,” she told Underwood. “I woke up the next morning completely naked in my bed and had no memory of the night before. I had a small vision of a guy in my bed and I just had this pit in my stomach that something really bad happened last night. My girlfriend called and said three of us were all sexually assaulted.”

Her amigo revealed to her that after her two companions dropped in a bed at the get-together, two men purportedly occupied with sexual relations with them, in a basically unclear bed, while they were harmed. . “The girlfriend who didn’t drink the wine called me and told me that not only did a guy come home and have sex with me, another guy — I was passed out on the couch from the drugs — said, ‘Watch what I’m about to do with all his fraternity brothers around me and he lifted up my dress. They watched and laughed and took photos” and shared the photos on Snapchat.

“It was horrible. It was absolutely horrible,” Miller-Keyes told Underwood. The next day, she reported the assault to the police but when she first went to get a rape kit, she was turned away by the hospital — “which is illegal,” she added of being told she had to file the report first. By the time she arrived at the second hospital and spoke with the police, the results ended up being inconclusive because too much time had passed.

“The men got away with it, except for one,” she said. “One did get expelled and the rest got away with it.”

She added, “I was determined to get justice and seek justice. It’s something that will always be a part of me. I struggled with the shame and guilt that I had felt. It’s the most difficult thing in the world. It’s so painful and it screws up every ounce of you.”

Working out as expected to look at Miller-Keyes open up about the attack and evil effect it has had on her life, the Bachelor influenced her, “I want you to know that with me, you’re safe. I can’t even imagine going through something like that. I know talking about it is not easy. The fact that that happened to you is devastating.”

He by then uncovered to her that he comprehends her battle with closeness as a result of a past relationship. “I have had a situation in my past where I was in a relationship in which she was sexually abused,” Underwood explained. “For me, that was the hardest thing I ever had to watch, going through something with someone. Looking into her eyes and just knowing the pain associated with it. Who am I to feel the pain when I wasn’t the victim?”

Miller-Keyes disagreed: “I see how it’s affected my family, every single person in my life. It’s something everyone in my life went through with me.”

By then went talk with Underwood’s virginity, something that both he and hosts Chris Harrison had pushed would appear at long last in the season. “I think that’s one thing people never understand is the intimacy that goes along with what you’ve experienced, and I’ve been on the other side of it,” Underwood explained to Miller-Keyes. “And for me, for that to be my first love and the first person I found for me and it didn’t happen — and opening up last year about my virginity wasn’t the easiest thing to do.”

He added, “But I think the thing I realized is that everyone who asks me why I’m not a virgin, expect this simple answer. They want a reason. And my reason is complicated.”

Heading into the #MeToo time, the long-running establishment has had an astounding connection with assent after the Bachelor in Paradise ended in 2017. Arie Luyendyk Jr’s. time of The Bachelor was rebuked for being killed in the energy environment and a contestant on Becca Kufrin’s new time of The Bachelor was discredited for attack after he was typical.

After Miller-Keyes and Underwood’s discussion finished and before The Bachelor slice to business, the ABC plan ran a PSA for RAINN, affecting any individual who has encountered an attack to call 800-656-HOPE or visits rainn.org. On Monday, before the scene in all actuality, Underwood took to Twitter to request that watchers “if it’s not all that whole bother, to be sharp, conscious and consideration regarding everybody in any case.”

The establishment has Harrison, keeping an eye out for THR before the scene, who said it is dependent upon watchers to watch and pick how the show dealt with the occasion. “But it definitely was a meaningful, really emotional conversation that prompts a lot of things in the show,” Harrison told THR. “There is a definite turn in the show where Colton opens up about why he is the way he is right now in his life. How did he get here? What prompted all this? And part of that is why he has remained a virgin. If you can figure there’s a lot of layers to something, that’s just one of the layers of Colton.”

The three-time establishment star said his discussion with Miller-Keyes was the fundamental gone through everything considered of his experience on the unscripted TV show that he was truly present. “While I was with her, I forgot everything that was going on, and I don’t know if I can say that about any other moment on my time on The Bachelorette or on Bachelor in Paradise,” Underwood told THR. “I was always aware there was a camera on me and that I was doing a TV show and at that moment with Caelynn, all of that went out the window.”

About the choice to uncover more about the explanations for his virginity, Underwood told THR by at that point, “I can only speak on my experience and I just stayed true to who I was.”

Around the finishing of Monday’s show, Miller-Keyes offered basic because of Underwood for opening up and revealed to him she has a conviction that everything is commendable in their relationship. She by then said to the camera, “I feel like I’ve been through hell and back, but every time I open up, it makes me stronger and I’m able to take a little piece of me back that was broken by it. I’m way stronger than I ever imagined. I wouldn’t open up with him about this if I didn’t feel so safe with him.”

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