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In November 2010, a two-day Oprah Show event featured 200 adult men who were molested coming forward to free themselves of their painful pasts and help others in the process. "It was one of the most groundbreaking and proud moments for me and everyone who works here," Oprah says.
For senior associate producer Ray Dotch, it was more than a show—it was a turning point in his life. Ray himself is a survivor. "When I first heard that my team was doing a show where the entire audience would be filled with men who were sexually abused, I thought, 'God, you've got to be kidding me,'" he says. "But almost immediately, I knew that it was something that I just needed to be a part of and that I needed to do, otherwise it wouldn't have come to me."
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Ray says working on the show has changed his life. "It made it so that I don't carry the burden anymore. I am truly freed from it," Ray says. "This show is the best thing we've ever done because we gave men their lives back."
Ray also says the outpouring of support from within Harpo's walls and throughout the country has been overwhelming. "I've been stopped in the grocery store and at the gym and so many different places where people walk up and tell me their story and also say out loud that it happened to them—which means that the show lifted the shame, which was the point," he says. "Ironically, our team is being honored by the television academy for that episode, and the ceremony is on my birthday. It's like this is the way it's supposed to happen."
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