Kaitlyn Bristowe Forced to Confront Mean Tweets & She's Doing Something About It

Kaitlyn Bristowe has been punished for little more than being refreshingly honest and candid on this season's Bachelorette. As we discovered on last night's Men Tell All, the nation isn't over the fact that she slept with Nick Viall and they had some pretty awful things to say about her via Twitter -- some of which host Chris Harrison read out loud. But Bristowe says she'll find the good in her cyberbullying experiences and use them to help others.

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It was an emotional night for Bristowe for several reasons -- she had to face her many "ex-boyfriends" again and hear what they had to say about her and she had the added pain of having to deal (yet again) with the hatred felt by so many strangers who have slut-shamed her for having sex on a date.

First, here's what Bristowe had to say about the online threats and cruelty she has endured (major props to her for confronting the cowards who hide behind a computer screen and unleash their ridiculous hatred for a person they've never even met):

Hearing Chris Harrison reading those Tweets and comments doesn't get any easier. People can be mean. I understand a couple jabs and chirps. I throw them out there in good humor, and opinions are fine. I can handle that. But hating and calling me awful names is not cooooool. The "haters" go out of their way to shame me for my behavior and don't acknowledge their own. I made mistakes and went through tough times. I did things that I would do in a relationship. I was being true to myself. You don't have to agree with it, but don't tell me I should crawl in a hole and die.

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Rather than sit by and let this happen to her, Bristowe is taking some control back by using her experiences with cyberbullying to help raise awareness for the issue, which affects so many people -- and especially teens and young adults.

The silver lining in this is that I have a unique opportunity to help bring more awareness to online bullying. People have taken their own lives due to this terrible issue. I am fortunate I have thick skin and can maybe use my experience to help others. It still brought me to tears to have the guys and the audience stand on their feet and show me their support. That means everything to me. So to everyone who has supported me along this journey, even if you didn't understand my choices, thank you.

It's natural to judge others and what they do -- but it isn't natural to get on a computer and slam them for doing things with which you disagree and that don't even affect your world at the end of the day.

I hope Bristowe follows through with her vow to help others, because many young girls and boys can certainly relate and could use her wisdom and positive attitude to help them deal with their own horrible cyberbullying experiences.

 

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