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Former 'Bachelorette' Star Clare Crawley Opens Up About Being 'A Victim' Of A Predatory Priest

Sep. 29 2021, Published 5:12 p.m. ET

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During an upcoming appearance on Red Table Talk: The Estefans, Clare Crawley opened up about being the victim of abuse as a young girl.

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“I grew up going to a Catholic school and I was a victim of a predator,” the 40-year-old admitted in an exclusive clip of the episode, obtained by E!.

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“My parents looked at Catholic priests as, they held them on a pedestal," Crawley told guest hosts Gloria Estefan, Emily Estefan and Lili Estefan, pointing out that because she is Mexican, the religion "is very deep in our roots.”

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“The Catholic school treated him as a counselor,” the Bachelorette alum said. “My parents did the best they could, and reached out for the resources they could at the time and sent me to this priest."

“I don’t think there was any counseling that was done,” she noted, adding, “It was one-on-one time to be a predator.”

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Per the outlet, a description for the episode — set to air on Facebook Watch on Thursday, September 30 — states, “The Estefans sit down for a revealing conversation with the first Latina Bachelorette, Clare Crawley. Clare shares her story of being molested by a Catholic priest as a child. Dr. Ramirez details the warning signs to identify abuse in children.”

This is not the first time the former TV personality had spoken out about her harrowing childhood. In July, she revealed that she was sexually abused as a child in an empowering post shared on Instagram.

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"Self love is the act of giving a voice to your truth. So here is mine," she wrote. "As a child of sexual abuse, my young adult years were spent in unhealthy relationships feeling unworthy of the good ones.”

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“It was a vicious cycle, because the more I chose the wrong men who treated me poorly, the more I believed I wasn't good enough," she added at the time.

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Meanwhile, it’s been reported that Crawley and Dale Moss — who she fell in love with during their time on the ABC dating series — have once again ended things. However, the pair have not publicly confirmed their split, and just days ago, Moss told OK! of the former hairstylist, “We openly talk and support and love each other unconditionally.”

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As OK! previously reported, Crawley and Moss announced they were bethrothed again following their brief split.

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