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During this time, she was sexually abused by a teenage cousin and then by other male relatives and friends. I was, and am, severely damaged by the experience [of abuse]. All the years that I convinced myself I was healed, she told Redbook. “I still carried the shame, and I unconsciously blamed myself for those men’s acts.” Winfrey had a contentious relationship with her mother, often acting out as a bid to gain attention. Once she faked a robbery in her house, smashed glasses, feigned amnesia, and stole her mother’s purse, all because she wanted newer, more stylish glasses. It really seemed Winfrey was heading down a road of destruction until her mother sent her to live with her father in Nashville at the age of 14. Winfrey said that her father saved her life. He was very strict and provided her with guidance, structure, rules, and books. He required his daughter to complete weekly reports, and she went without dinner until she learned five new vocabulary words each day. She joined her school’s drama club and became a prize winning orator, winning a $1,000 college scholarship after delivering a speech entitled “The Constitution and the United States “to $10,000 Elks Club members in Philadelphia. Winfrey was the first black woman to win Nashville’s Miss Fire Prevention title. In 1971 she was named Miss Black Tennessee. In 1976 she graduated with a degree in speech communications and theater from
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