Luis and Oprah

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Luis says attending family functions has become very difficult for him—he must then come face-to-face with his abuser. "That's the hardest thing to deal with because my sister and I are very, very close," Luis says. "She's graduating from high school, and now he's going to be there. He's going to those functions."

Oprah says Luis needs to stay away from his abuser no matter what. "Do not put yourself in the same environment with the person who abused you for years," says Oprah. "Do not do that because that is just re-abusing yourself. That's you denying your own truth."

Luis says he no longer defends his mother's behavior. "I don't respect one thing that she's done," says Luis. "I don't respect her decision and I've said there will be consequences for these actions—[she is] choosing him over me."
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