Last Friday, television megastar Oprah Winfrey hosted a moving special featuring some 200 male survivors of sex abuse. The episode was the first in a two-part series addressing this painful topic and focusing on the healing process of those brave victims who have chosen to come forward. The second installment of the television event will air this coming Friday, November 12.
Many of the survivors featured on the show suffered their abuse at the hands of clergy members. Oprah’s show is an important step in the healing process for these men, who have suffered in shame and silence for decades. Hopefully, show will not only assist these survivors in their recovery process, but also bring attention to the need to hold the perpetrators of these acts accountable.