Kristen Doute Opens Up About Sexual Assault Experience In Her New Book


Vanderpump Rules star Kristen Doute recently said that Scheana Marie carried the latest season of the show, but I’d have to say that Kristen did her fair share as well. A majority of the season was focused on her falling out with Stassi Schroeder and Katie Maloney over her on-again-off-again relationship with Brian Carter. 

Stassi and Katie might not have appreciated the back and forth, but fans appreciated Kristen’s honesty. Relationships can be messy. And now Kristen is about to get even more honest and real about her personal life in her upcoming book, He’s Making You Crazy.

E! News reported that Kristen was on Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley’s Knot Too Taboo podcast, where she shared the details as to why she decided to add a chapter to her book that focused on her experience with sexual assault. 

Kristen stated that at first, the experience wasn’t even top of mind for her book. But when her co-author, Michele Alexander, asked  if she had “ever experience sexual assault,” Kristen said, “I just blurted out yes.”


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She said she “struggled” with deciding to add this chapter because the overall tone of the book is “lighter-hearted and funny.” But in the end, she and Michele thought it was best. 

Kristen said, “If we’re being very, very honest with the reader, we have to be honest about everything…I don’t get into my personal story in detail by any means, but I really thought it was important to let the reader know I have been through it.”


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She added, “When you read the chapter, at the time I wasn’t brave enough to step forward. I did make a lot of excuses. I tried to rhyme and reason why did I put myself in that position? Or was I too drunk? Or, like, how could it be my fault? Am I going to ruin his life? Are people going to believe me?” 

Kristen continued, “All these thoughts racing through my head and I really tried to shut it down for so long that I finally had to come to terms with it that, like, this did happen to me and I need to not let it affect every relationship moving forward.”

She added, “I need to deal with all of this stuff and really know my self-worth and not allow those things to be dragged into my next relationship with a man who could be wonderful and trustworthy and honest and great and not kind of blame him for the things that have happened to me in the past.”

Kristen had said that writing about sleeping with Jax Taylor was the hardest part about writing her book, but I can’t imagine this was any easier. It was incredibly brave for Kristen to come forward. I’m sure fans will continue to appreciate her openness and honesty.

Kristen’s book will be released on June 2 and you can pre-order it by clicking here.

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