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"I think that everyone who's been abused, there is a string to the puppet master, and they're holding you hostage to your behaviors and what you do," Tyler Perry said to Oprah Winfrey in 2010, when the highest paid male in entertainment revealed that he was sexually abused by four adults while growing up. "At some point, you have to be responsible for them. What I started to do is untie the strings and chase them down to where they came from. And I was able to free myself and understand that even though these things happened to me, it was not me." It took Perry years to realize that and to speak out, which is why he finds the unidentified 11-year-old boy who was allegedly abused by former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky such a pillar of strength.
Wrote Perry in the latest edition of Newsweek: "I don't know your name, but I know your face. I don't know your journey, but I know where you are. I am your brother! [...] I must tell you, what you have done is so courageous. The strength that it must have taken for your 11-year-old voice to speak out about such a horrible act is something that I didn't have the strength or courage to do at that age."
Perry, who calls Sandusky a "monster," also notes that there are better days ahead: "No matter what happens next, just know that the hardest part is over. I wish the coward and very sick individual who hurt you would have the courage to admit his wrong and not put you through a trial. But he will most likely profess his innocence until the bitter end. And probably, all the while, yelling at the top of his lungs about all he has done to help troubled young boys."
Read the rest of Perry's letter over at The Daily Beast.
[via Newsweek/The Daily Beast]
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