In a departure from the romantic fluff on “The Bachelor,” contestant Caelynn Miller-Keyes shared her Me Too story on the fact collection Monday.
Miller-Keyes, a former Miss North Carolina who was the runner-up within the Miss USA 2018 pageant, confided to “Bachelor” star Colton Underwood that she was a sufferer of sexual assault whereas attending a fraternity celebration in school.
“They drugged our wine,” she instructed Underwood. “I awakened the following morning and I used to be utterly bare in my mattress and had no reminiscence of the night time earlier than. I had a small imaginative and prescient of a man in my mattress and I simply had this pit in my abdomen that one thing actually unhealthy occurred final night time. My girlfriend referred to as me and stated three of us have been all sexually assaulted.”
The 23-year-old stated a girlfriend who didn’t drink that night time instructed her that not solely was Miller-Keyes raped, one other man lifted up her gown and took images of her and shared them on Snapchat.
An emotional Miller-Keyes recounted her difficulties in getting a rape equipment finished at a hospital and reporting the assault. By the point she spoke with police, the outcomes proved inconclusive as a result of an excessive amount of time had handed, she stated. One suspect was expelled and the remaining acquired away with it, she added.
“I can’t even think about going by means of one thing like that,” Underwood stated in response. “I do know speaking about it isn’t straightforward. The truth that that occurred to you is devastating.”
“I used to be decided to get justice and search justice,” she instructed Underwood. “It’s one thing that may at all times be part of me. I struggled with the disgrace and guilt that I had felt. It’s essentially the most troublesome factor on the planet. It’s so painful and it screws up each ounce of you.”
The dialog ultimately gave approach to a PSA for sexual assault victims.
After the episode aired, Miller-Keyes, who beforehand addressed the assault in an intro bio for Miss USA, thanked “Bachelor” viewers for his or her help on Twitter. “And to all the fellow survivors on the market, I would like you to know your voice issues and also you should be heard.”
Need assistance? Go to RAINN’s Nationwide Sexual Assault On-line Hotline or the Nationwide Sexual Violence Useful resource Heart’s web site.