Raped At 9, Pregnant At 14; Oprah Winfrey Gets Really Personal On Her Australian Tour


Dressed in a form-fitting glittery salmon-pink dress, Oprah Winfrey hit the stage at the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne on Wednesday to address a crowd of about 12,000 people who had come to hear her speak at the first show of her Australian tour, “An Evening With Oprah”.

The media mogul got really personal as she talked about the son she lost when she was 14.

“I did an interview with a reporter before I came to Australia and she said you should name the baby son who died,” she told the audience.

“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.”

She also opened up about the sexual abuse she suffered from close relatives when she was a child.

“I was raped at nine years old by a cousin, then again by another family member, and another family member.”


Photo credit: Ellen Smith




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