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On the count of three, Oprah opens the door—and the children go wild! The girls love the pretty pink décor, and in the boys' dorm, the cool blue bunks are a big hit.

Oprah expresses to the kids Hallie's wish that they have a better life. "Because of her we're all here today," Oprah says. "We want you to be very happy here, to study hard and grow up and be strong."

Oprah's special message for the girls of Kids Haven: "You have been through some really tough times. … But you are not what happens to you—you are what you choose to do with what has happened to you. You are what you decide.

"We wanted to create a beautiful space for you because we believe that you are beautiful girls. You are beautiful girls who deserve to live with beautiful things. This is just the beginning for you in your life!"
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FROM: The Child Rape Epidemic
Published on April 20, 2006

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