Hyderabad: A video of Oprah Winfrey, the American talk show host and philanthropist, reportedly supporting child abuse is doing the rounds of social media.
The Archived version of the claim can be found here.
The claim is FALSE as the video has been taken out of context. Oprah was, in fact, talking about her own experience as a survivor of sexual abuse.
On March 5, 2019, People magazine published a profile, “Months Before Interviewing Michael Jackson Accusers, Oprah Winfrey Opened Up About Her Own Abuse.” That reporting was more focused on Oprah’s personal experiences, about which she was candid before her coverage of ‘Leaving Neverland’.
“It happened to me at 9, and then 10, and then 11, and then 12, 13, 14. You don’t have the language to begin to explain what’s happening to you,” the A Wrinkle in Time star told PEOPLE for the March 12, 2018 cover story. “That’s why you feel you’re not going to be believed. And if the abuser, the molester, is any good, they will make you feel that you are complicit, that you were part of it. That’s what keeps you from telling.”
Sentences from here and there were taken and out of context. Oprah referenced her own experiences as a child she was subjected to sexual abuse; based on that experience, she described that feeling “complicit,” if an abuser is “any good,” they will make a child believe that they were “part of” the abuse. She clearly described the confusion that children feel towards a trusted adult engaging in secretive abuse and neglect.
The video was edited and taken out of context. Hence, the claim that Oprah Winfrey condones child abuse is FALSE.