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The Reaction to This Statement from a Former Bachelor Contestant Reveals a Deeper Troubling Issue

Since Monday, social media conversation has been dominated by still unconfirmed reports of sexual assault on the set of "Bachelor in Paradise," a spin-off of ABC's popular "The Bachelor" franchise. Whatever happened, it was big enough to shut down production of the show.

These reports are still unconfirmed and this story is still developing. Here's what's been reported so far: 

Production on "Bachelor in Paradise" was suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct. It is unclear what exactly that means. Whatever happened was serious enough to stop the show.

Corrine Olympios, who found fame on Nick Viall's season of "The Bachelor" (the most recent season to air), was at the center of the incident. TMZ reported on Monday "Corinne Olympios claims she was in a blackout state when she got sexual with fellow "Bachelor in Paradise" star DeMario Jackson ... and she blames producers for not pulling the plug and protecting her, although our sources say people who have seen the tape claim she was lucid and fully engaged."

Today, Olympios released a statement of her own. She has also hired a lawyer.

TMZ posted the statement:

"I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4. Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place, which I understand is why production on the show has now been suspended and a producer on the show has filed a complaint against the production.

As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality. As I pursue the details and facts surrounding that night and the immediate days after, I have retained a group of professionals to ensure that what happened on June 4 comes to light and I can continue my life, including hiring an attorney to obtain justice and seeking therapy to begin dealing with the physical and emotional trauma stemming from that evening."

However, the response to Olympios' statement reveals something troubling about how we respond to female victims.

"If you were wondering what victim blaming looked like," one Bachelor fan tweeted, "this is it...":

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Comments on Facebook — specifically on TMZ's post — are also troubling.

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The comments on her own Instagram photos are brutal.

 

A post shared by Corinne Olympios (@colympios) on

 

On the above photo, which was posted 6 days ago, new comments surfaced today in the wake of Olympios' statement:

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We don't know exactly what happened to Corinne — but this response isn't warranted.

We know that Olympios was drunk, as was Jackson. We know production shut down. We know Olympios believes she is a victim of whatever happened during the incident. Whether she is placing blame on the producers for supplying an extreme amount of alcohol and not intervening when things may have gone too far, is unclear. 

What's clear is the response to her statement reveals how women who are unapologetic about being openly sexual are shamed. Olympios took her top off on her season of "The Bachelor," and joked she had a "platinum vagine," but that doesn't mean she is not a victim or unable to be sexually assaulted. 

 

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Furthermore, slut-shaming has become so common place that it's trickled down into schools — both middle and high school. The Los Angeles Times reported in June on its effects: "A nationally representative 2011 survey from the American Assn. of University Women found that slut shaming is one of the most common forms of sexual harassment that students in middle and high school face."

And when it comes to slut-shaming, it's the female students who bear the brunt of it: "A third of all students experienced 'having someone make unwelcome sexual comments, jokes, or gestures to or about you' in person; 46% of girls experienced it and 22% of boys."