Bachelor contestant Caelynn Miller-Keys opened up about her painful past on a one-on-one date with Colton Underwood in Singapore.
Miller-Keys revealed that she was raped when she was a sophomore in college. “This is a conversation that I have to have in relationships, because it’s a part of who I am; it’s a part of my story,” Miller-Keys said. “It’s not an easy thing for me to talk about, but it’s something that’s really important, especially in relationships, because it’s something that has come in between intimacy and just a lot of different things in my life.”
The Miss USA runner-up explained that she went to a friend’s house with three of her girlfriends. Her wine was drugged, and she woke up naked in bed with no memory of what happened.
Miller-Keys said, “I just had this pit in my stomach like something really bad happened last night,” she recalled. “My girlfriend called me and said three of us were all sexually assaulted. Her and my other girlfriend passed out in a bed at the party, and two men came in and had sex with them in the same bed at the same time while they were incapacitated.”
“I woke up the next morning and I was completely naked in my bed and I knew that something bad had happened,” she expressed.
“It was absolutely horrible,” Caelynn continued. “And I did everything that I was supposed to do. I went to the police the next day; I tried to get a rape kit done. I was turned away by a hospital, which is illegal. And I went to another hospital. They did a rape kit. The results were inconclusive because so much time had passed, because the first hospital turned me away. The men got away with it, except for one. One of them did get expelled.”
She continued: “The reporting process is a lot more difficult than people realize. I had no idea what to do. I was completely stranded, I was completely alone. I didn’t even think it was possible to be turned away from a hospital. Thankfully, I had a good support system and people went to a second hospital with me and I was able to get a rape kit and speak to authorities and go through that process. But it’s a lot more difficult than it seems.”
After the assault, “I took the approach of hiding out,” she said. “It weakens you. It really does. It was the darkest time in my life.”
Thank you everyone for your love and support during this time. And to all of the fellow survivors out there, I want you to know your voice matters and you deserve to be heard
— Caelynn Miller-Keyes (@caelynnmk) January 29, 2019