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Oprah Winfrey talks Being Raped by a Cousin at 9, Having a Baby at 14 & More

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02:  Oprah Winfrey on stage during her An Evening With Oprah tour on December 2, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 02: Oprah Winfrey on stage during her An Evening With Oprah tour on December 2, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey has opened up like never before about her painful past when speaking at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

For the event Oprah looked stunning in a figure-hugging shimmery salmon-pink dress.

At the event she talked for about two hours sharing the wisdom gathered from what Oprah described as “37,000 interviews conducted over a quarter-century hosting a daytime television show”.

During her show called ‘An evening with Oprah’, she revealed that “I did an interview with a reporter before I came to Australia and she said you should name the baby son who died. So I have named him, I had a little boy named Canaan. I did have a son. And I named him Canaan because Canaan means new land, new life.”

According to an Australian news outlet, Oprah Winfrey spoke movingly about the sexual abuse she suffered as a young girl, which resulted in the pregnancy.

She revealed “I was raped at 9 years old by a cousin, then again by another family member, and another family member. I took to my bed and cried for three days. I felt devastated. Wounded. Betrayed. How could this person do this to me? I imagined that every person on the street was going to point their finger at me and scream, ‘Pregnant at 14, you wicked girl … expelled!’ And I soon realized that having the secret out was liberating. What I learned for sure was that holding the shame was the greatest burden of all.”

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10 Comments

  1. King Bey

    December 3, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Raped thrice? Omg, I am so sorry about all you have been thru. I don’t knw u personally, but it’s so painful that u went through so much and so many women are still going thru the same thing. I can’t the word RAPE

  2. King Bey

    December 3, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Stand

  3. DD

    December 3, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Always an inspirational woman. She overcame so much through hard work and determination.

  4. somebody

    December 3, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    When I was 16, a very loved neighbour (Guy) tried to touch my breasts, it was unbelievable, I ran like a mad girl, he sent a message apologising saying it was the devil, changed my perception forever, as long as you have penis you’re a suspect, smh. Someone I took like the brother I never had.

  5. Mamacita

    December 3, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    This “What I learned for sure was that holding the shame was the greatest burden of all” gave me goosebumps! I love this woman. #letitgo

  6. rose

    November 2, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    oprah ur loved

  7. Alana Jordan

    January 12, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    She is such a strong women to deal and think about that everyday of her life

  8. Cassandra Feliciano

    February 27, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    I personally believe that Oprah was not old enough for this to happen.All parents, keep your kids safe from things like this.

  9. Faith

    March 18, 2017 at 1:41 am

    I get how you feel.

    • wowww

      March 22, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      were you raped ???

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