Katie Thurston opens up about sexual assault in new episode of 'The Bachelorette'

Thurston shared her personal story with contestants and hopes now it will spark a conversation about a difficult topic.
2:36 | 06/22/21

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Transcript for Katie Thurston opens up about sexual assault in new episode of 'The Bachelorette'
Critical. We turn to the latest episode of "The bachelorette." Hey, Kaylee. Reporter: Hey, George. It took Katie years to understand the impact this experience had on her and said she never planned to share it so publicly but after a group date required the men to open up to her she felt she owed it to them to do the same. And what I'm going to tell you a lot don't know including my mom. Reporter: Katie sharing a deeply personal story from her past that she's a survivor of sexual assault. I was involved in a situation where there wasn't consent and that is not something I wish upon anybody. And I was in denial about what happened. So much so that I tried to form a relationship with him becaus I didn't want to believe what truly had happened. Was this the first time you had ever shared this story of what had happened to you with anyone. Only two of my closest friends knew of the story. Reporter: She says the traumatic experience ten years ago affected her emotionally and physically. I felt responsible for being too drunk, too irresponsible, too stupid. But it's not my fault because consent is important and I did not give it that night. As hard as it was I am ready to turn my negative experience into something greater and into something positive. After sharing this were you able to remove some of the responsibility and the guilt that you felt? Oh, absolutely. I mean, you see in that episode this like emotional relief of just like it's not my fault, you know, and that was a burden I felt for a very long time as if it was my fault and do hope men and women who have gone through something similar know it's not their fault as well because that relief from that pain is just -- it's so great. Reporter: Now Thurston embracing all the things that make her who she is today while hoping to spark a conversation about hi difficult topic. Consent is a simple yes or no and doesn't happen when you're under the influence of drugs and alcohol. That's what meme need to realize. Important to have those conversations and if you aren't comfortable asking about concept you're probably not ready to be having sex to begin with. She shared resources saying when you are ready to talk about it there is an entire network of support waiting for you so call the national sexual assault hotline or raft rainn.org. Let's go to ginger. You know, George, severe

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