Oprah Winfrey recalls trauma of being raped by her cousin as a minor.

by Helvine Achieng
May 25, 2021

American talk show host Oprah Winfrey recently shared the trauma of being raped by her teenage cousin while she was a minor.In the all-new series of The Me You Can’t See produced by Winfrey and Prince Harry, the 67-year old broke down in tears noting that ‘it’s just something I accepted.’

“At nine and 10 and 11 and 12 years old, I was raped by my 19-year-old cousin, I didn’t know what rape was. I certainly wasn’t aware of the word. I had no idea what sex was, I had no idea where babies came from, I didn’t even know what was happening to me,” Winfrey revealed.


“It’s just something I accepted,” going on to say the experience taught her “that a girl child ain’t safe in a world full of men.” 

The Me You Can’t See show’s main focus is on mental illness and mental wellness, inspiring viewers to have an honest conversation about the challenges everyone faces.

“The telling of the story, the being able to say out loud, this is what happened to me, is crucial,” Winfrey noted.