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While Oprah was in South Africa overseeing construction of her own school, she made a special trip to Soweto to meet Mama Jackey and speak with some of her students.

The girls Oprah met shared heartbreaking stories of rape and incest. One of Mama Jackey's students told Oprah she was raped by her father when she was only 15 years old. Another girl says that her brother raped her when she was 5 years old. Both girls believe that they are to blame for their sexual assaults. "This is not your fault," Oprah assures the girls.

Then, Oprah offers words of hope. "You can take that pain, and you can turn it into power," she tells one young victim. "You can be one of the most powerful girls Africa has ever known because of your pain."
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FROM: The Child Rape Epidemic
Published on April 20, 2006

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