The Bachelor aired a few light-hearted moments on January 28, but a bulk of this unique episode was dedicated to a very serious subject matter.
During her one-on-one date with Colton, Caelynn Miller-Keyes opened up about having been sexually assaulted in college.
It was a raw and honest and upsetting conversation, though one that certainly captured the attention of all viewers.
We admire Caelynn for telling her story in this manner.
How did Colton react? What else transpired this week? And who was sent home?
Scroll down for a recap of this special episode (and visit our section of The Bachelor spoilers if you wish to see what happens next)...
What Had We Seen Thus Far from Caelynn?
Viewers had previously seen Caelynn feud with Hannah B., a fellow beauty pageant contestant who the 2018 Miss North Carolina actually knew prior to The Bachelor.
But That Feud Was Not an Issue This Week
Instead, Caelynn told Colton about what happened to her when she was a sophomore in college and attended a fraternity party in 2014 with three friends.
"Something Really Bad Happened"
"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."
This is What Happened:
Caelynn said her friend told her that after her two friends passed out in a bed at the party, two men allegedly had sex with them, in the same bed, while they were incapacitated. "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 and he 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."
The Trauma Continued...
"It was horrible It was absolutely horrible," Miller-Keyes told Underwood. The next day, Caelynn 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 police, the results ended up being inconclusive because too much time had passed.
One Student Was Expelled. The Others Got Away with It.
"I was determined to get justice and seek justice," said Caelynn on air. "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."