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The Bachelorette alum Rachel Lindsay has spoken out against online bullying during the ABC franchise's Women Tell All special that aired Monday.
'There is so much passion out there in Bachelor Nation - unfortunately, there is a line that has been crossed,' host Chris Harrison said as he introduced the Dallas-born Beauty.
Lindsay, 34, revealed she was 'really nervous' about speaking out 'because the issue that we're going to discuss today is sadly something that most of us have experienced - that's online harassment and it's hate.'
Grace under fire: The Bachelorette alum Rachel Lindsay, 34, spoke out against bullying during the ABC franchise's Women Tell All special Monday with host Chris Harrison
Lindsay said that 'people have become so comfortable being mean' and the time has come to confront the issue head on.
'By not talking about it I think people feel empowered that they can continue to say certain things to us,' Lindsay said. 'And if we're ever gonna fix this problem, we have to acknowledge the problem.'
Lindsay, who was the first black Bachelorette, said she 'knew it would be hard' and 'knew [she] would get even more hate and criticism' but hoped to 'pave a way for women who look like me, who haven't been represented in this role on this show.'
After the studio audience applauded Lindsay, she thanked them and said that she feels like her 'efforts are in vain, because' the harassment 'seems to be getting so much worse.'
Troubling: Lindsay said that most of the show's contestants, seen on the show's Women Tell All episode, 'have experienced ... online harassment and hate'