Within the first 5-10 minutes of the Oprah show, I thought to myself, "This is what I have been saying for years!" She shared helpful information:
- 90% of child molesters know their victims
- Parents need to listen to kids when they tell about abuse. A friend of mine responded to this: "This is a very true statement. I documented that same statement in one of my research papers. We really need to listen to our children more. When they don't want to be left with a particular person we should wonder... ask why... and react accordingly."
When the interviewing proceeded, I immediately thought that it may be too much for me to watch. It was so raw, graphic and a reality. It pained me to see these men walking around with these disturbing and horrific thoughts of children (as young as 5 years old) in their head.
One of the most important things I believe Oprah said on the show was that "Molesters do not want you to talk. If you are a child watching [reading] this, TELL SOMEONE!! If your parents don't believe you, KEEP TELLING until you reach someone who does!". To this day, I wish I would have done that...
I thought the best way for me to even get through the show was to commentate while watching it--release my own feelings, if you must. I utilize Facebook, a social network, to do so.
When I began updating my status, friends immediately began commenting. Some even sent me messages to "watch Oprah". A friend that I have chatted with and become close with in nearly a year told me while discussing the show that she too was victimized. Victims commented and shared their hurt and pain, while I furiously continued to type updates of Oprah's show. What began with two people "liking" the conversation ended in more than ten people "liking", reading and/or commenting on the conversation.
This day, this conversation, these women and teens helped me to understand that I MUST continue my work through sharing my story...
LaQuisha Hall Is listening to Oprah say things I have been saying for years...