Caelynn Miller-Keyes, a contestant on season 23 of “The Bachelor,” revealed on Monday night’s episode that she was sexually assaulted during her sophomore year of college.
As US Magazine reports, Miller-Keyes, 23, opened up to bachelor Colton Underwood about the troubling encounter she experienced at Virginia Commonwealth University.
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She told the former NFL player:
It’s the most difficult thing in the world. It’s affected every single person in my life.”
“The Bachelor” contestant went on to share how the assault affected her as a person. She also discussed the guilt and shame she felt that led her to hide it from her parents for nearly a year.
When her mother discovered what had happened, she spoke with the dean of the university and an attorney, Miller-Keyes said.
In response, Underwood offered words of consolation:
I want you to know like with me you’re safe.”
However, this isn’t Miller-Keyes first time opening up about that traumatic night.
During a press conference in April 2018 regarding her title as Miss North Carolina USA, she shared more.
As it turns out, Miller-Keyes and two of her friends had been drugged and sexually assaulted while attending a fraternity house party.
“My whole world was flipped upside down. My heart stopped at that moment because at that point I still, again, didn’t know the extent as to what had happened to me.”
As WFMY reports, she later discovered she had been assaulted by not one, but two men she’d known for years. That’s when she decided to report the assault.
Further, the survivor talked about how, prior to having a police report, doctors turned her down for drug testing and by the time she had one the results came back inconclusive.
I didn’t know what you should do when you report, I didn’t know what my rights were, I didn’t know what the process was.”
Unfortunately, her case against VCU went over the time period Title IX states a case must be completed and went against her, WFMY reports.
However, she has utilized the loss as a way to address to the university’s failures in the way these cases are treated, which helped eliminate the “two peers and a faculty member” style of Title IX hearing at VCU.
The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) reports that 11.2 percent of all graduate and undergraduate students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.
If you or a loved one have experienced sexual assault or sexual violence, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at (800) 656-HOPE.